Nearly 5,700 properties have, so far, been sealed by three municipal corporations as part of a sealing drive, for allegedly violating the provisions of Delhi’s Master Plan, following directions of a Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee, the Lok Sabha was informed, on July 24, 2018.
In a written reply to a question, housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri, said that the North and South Delhi Municipal Corporations have sealed 2,655 and 1,995 properties, respectively, while 1,043 properties were sealed by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) after the December 2017 judgement of the apex court.
According to the minister, the three civic bodies have informed that they are taking demolition and sealing actions, against the properties found in violation of the provisions of the Delhi Master Plan 2021 and Unified Building Bylaws 2016, on the instruction of the monitoring committee. The sealing drive was launched by the three municipal corporations in late December 2017. Traders have called bandhs several times, to protest the action against their establishments. To provide relief to traders, the ministry, on June 21, 2018, notified amendments to the MPD-2021, increasing the floor area ratio (FAR) for constructions carried out beyond permissible limits.
Puri also informed the Lok Sabha that the Special Task Force (STF), formed under the chairmanship of DDA vice-chairman, for removal of encroachments in Delhi, has also removed encroachments on a total area under permanent structures measuring around 1,99,382.3 sq metres. The STF has commissioners of all the three municipal corporations as its members. Total areas, which were cleared under temporary structures, were around 6,52,308.3 sq metres, while roads, streets and foothpaths measuring 1,280.615 kms were cleared in the national capital. In Delhi, 5,964 vehicles and 15,892 items were confiscated during the anti-encroachment drive.