Seal­ing drive be­gins in Khan Mar­ket

Millennium Post - - FRONT PAGE - ANUP VARMA

NEW DELHI: The New Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (NDMC) started seal­ing parts of com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ments in Delhi's up­scale Khan mar­ket on Mon­day for al­legedly flouting civic norms.

Be­fore the team ar­rived in the mar­ket on Mon­day af­ter­noon, many shops were shut fear­ing ac­tion.

“What is our vi­o­la­tion? We have paid the con­ver­sion charges and are still fac­ing ha­rass­ment,” said the owner of a shop where a por­tion had been sealed. At least four com­mer­cial spa­ces, in­clud­ing the bal­cony of two sa­loons, have been sealed so far, though of­fi­cials said “only extra spa­ces that are not per­mit­ted” have been sealed.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, up­mar­ket sa­lons like Affin­ity, Gee­tan­jali and Habib's, Aayna skin clinic, and pop­u­lar eater­ies like Khan Chacha, Smokey's BBQ & Grill, Star­bucks and Am­ra­pali Jew­ellery store were par­tially sealed.

Be­fore the seal­ing team ar­rived, mem­bers of the SC-ap­pointed com­mit­tee in­spected the area for vi­o­la­tions. The com­mit­tee com­prises for­mer ad­vi­sor to the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion, KJ Rao, chair­man of En­vi­ron­ment Pol­lu­tion Pre­ven­tion and Con­trol Au­thor­ity (EPCA), Bhure Lal, and Ma­jor Gen­eral (retd) Som Jhin­gan as mem­bers.

Af­ter di­rec­tions from the panel, civic au­thor­i­ties had last month sealed the first and higher floors of 51 shops and restau­rants in south Delhi's posh De­fence Colony mar­ket for not pay­ing ‘use con­ver­sion charges' to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

The pres­i­dent of Khan mar­ket as­so­ci­a­tion, San­jeev Mehra, ob­jected to the drive. “To the best of my knowl­edge, all 42 res­i­den­tial flats were con­verted and al­lowed to op­er­ate a com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity. Now, to turn around and say that they are do­ing the busi­ness il­le­gally is un­jus­ti­fied and un­war­ranted be­cause the NDMC them­selves al­lowed the con­ver­sion af­ter re­ceiv­ing the pay­ments,” Mehra said.

The top court while re­viv­ing the com­mit­tee's seal­ing pow­ers, last month, had ob­served, “the bla­tant mis­use of prop­er­ties in Delhi for com­mer­cial pur­poses on such a large scale could not take place with­out the con­nivance of the of­fi­cers.”

The Delhi De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity had last week re­vised the ‘use con­ver­sion charges' from Rs 89,000 per sqm to Rs 22,700 per sqm. Ac­cord­ing to the mas­ter plan, traders us­ing the prop­erty for mixed pur­poses have to pay one-time con­ver­sion charge at the rate no­ti­fied by the govern­ment.

Many prop­er­ties in the Delhi's up­scale mar­ket are used for dual pur­poses, with a shop­ping out­let on the ground floor and an eatery on the first and sec­ond floors. Ac­cord­ing to the mas­ter plan, this war­rants for ‘use con­ver­sion charges'.


Peo­ple gather in Khan Mar­ket as thirty restau­rants and com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ments in Delhi’s up­scale Khan Mar­ket were sealed

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.