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BJP fears backlash in case of ‘sealing’, writes to V Naidu

BJP fears backlash in case of ‘sealing’, writes to V Naidu
The Act which was enacted by Parliament to prevent implementation of the Supreme Court’s judgement of sealing and demolition of commercial properties in residential areas in Delhi would come to an end on 31 December, close to upcoming Delhi assembly elections.

‘All the colonies and properties which have come up by the date of extension be included under the purview of this law,’ said Satish Upadhyay.

He further added that a delegation of Delhi BJP would soon meet Naidu to press for early decision in the matter.

The issue of sealing goes back in 2006 when Supreme Court on a writ petition ordered MCD to seal all the illegal shops and commercial properties in the city which were not in accordance with the master plan of Delhi Development Authority.

As majority of the shops were illegal protests by traders across Delhi halted life in the capital city followed by historic débâcle of Congress in MCD 2007 elections. The Central government then stepped in with an ordinance to provide relief for one year which was extended from time to time.

In 2011, Delhi assembly enacted Delhi Special Provision Second Act 2001 which was to be effective till December 2014. The Supreme Court however questioned the validity of the law and case is still pending.

‘It was due to the failure of DDA and other civic agencies to provide land and office space for residential and commercial purposes, the people of Delhi developed colonies themselves and used residential accommodation for commercial purposes,’ blamed Upadhyay.

In the act however, the commercial properties exist till February 2007 but now Upadhyay also demands extension of this date with a view to regularise such properties on ‘as is where is basis’.
‘There was no seriousness in framing the required policy for regularization of the colonies to provide relief to the people,’ he added.

He also blamed 15 years of Congress rule which failed to regularise the unauthorised colonies for the entire mess.

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