‘5,700 properties sealed since Dec’

Following directions by a Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee, nearly 5,700 properties have been sealed so far by the three municipal corporations as part of a drive against alleged violations of provisions of Delhi’s Master Plan, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

In a written reply to a question, Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said the North and South Delhi Municipal Corporations had sealed 2,655 and 1,995 properties, while 1,043 properties were sealed by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) after the December 2017 apex court judgment.

Mr. Puri said the civic bodies had demolished and sealed properties found violating provisions of the Master Plan Delhi-2021 (MPD-2021) and Unified Building Bylaws, 2016, on instructions of the monitoring committee.

The sealing drive was launched by the civic bodies in December 2017 and traders across the city had protested several times over action taken against their establishments. To provide relief to traders, the Ministry had on June 21 notified amendments to MPD-2021, increasing the floor area ratio (FAR) for construction carried out beyond permissible limits.

Mr. Puri also informed the Lok Sabha that a Special Task Force (STF), formed under the chairmanship of the DDA vice-chairman for removal of encroachments in Delhi, had removed encroachments on a total area under permanent structures measuring 1,99,382.3 square metres. The STF has Commissioners of all the three municipal corporations as its members.

Total areas cleared under temporary structures were 6,52,308.3 sq m, while roads, street and footpaths measuring 1,280.62 km were cleared in the Capital. In Delhi, 5,964 vehicles and 15,892 items were confiscated during the anti-encroachment drive.

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