NDMC seals 16 stores, re­stro­bars in posh Khan Mar­ket

Millennium Post - - CITY - OUR COR­RE­SPON­DENT

NEW DELHI: The New Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (NDMC) to­day con­tin­ued with its crack­down against unau­tho­rised con­struc­tion in the up­scale Khan Mar­ket in the na­tional cap­i­tal and sealed 16 com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ments.

The civic body had yes­ter­day sealed the ter­races and open spa­ces of eight ma­jor es­tab­lish­ments fol­low­ing order by a Supreme Court-ap­pointed mon­i­tor­ing com­mit­tee ask­ing the NDMC to seal com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ments in Khan Mar­ket for al­leged vi­o­la­tion of pro­vi­sions of the 2021 mas­ter plan and non- pay­ment of user con­ver­sion charges.

"We sealed 13 more out­lets to­day, in­clud­ing cafe­te­rias, re­stro-bars and other stores. For now, we have fin­ished the seal­ing drive but if we come across more vi­o­la­tions we will take ac­tion against them as well," a se­nior NDMC of­fi­cial said. Among the es­tab­lish­ments which were sealed to­day were The Chat­ter House, Civil House, Ma­m­agoto, Fabindia, The Blue Door Cafe, Beer Cafe, Anita Don­gre's store, Shyam Di Hatti, Raghven­dra Rathore lable and Par­al­lel Craft Kitchen.

How­ever, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from The Beer Cafe de­nied that the of­fi­cials sealed a por­tion of their ter­rrace, claim­ing that they ex­plained to the of­fi­cials that they have were us­ing the ter­race for keep­ing plants fol­low­ing which they un­der­stood their point. "We were not us­ing the ter­race as serv­ing area for peo­ple but plants, gen­er­a­tors and a water tank were kept there. We ex­plained to the of­fi­cials that the plants were kept for am­bi­ence and they un­der­stood our point," he said.

Restau­rants Khan Chacha and Smokey's Grill, sa­lons Gee­tan­jali, Javaed Habib's and Affin­ity, Ayena Skin Clinic and Am­ra­pali Jew­ellery store were among those sealed yes­ter­day.

The mon­i­tor­ing com­mit­tee has directed the civic bod­ies to col­lect use con­ver­sion charges from all 106 lo­cal shop­ping com­plexes in the city by Jan­uary 15, fail­ing which the mar­kets will be sealed.

User con­ver­sion charges are levied for mis­use of land. If the land use of a par­tic­u­lar plot is for res­i­den­tial pur­pose, the own­ers are li­able to pay the user con­ver­sion charges to con­vert the plot into a com­mer­cial one.

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