AAP, Cong raise Delhi sealing issue in Rajya Sabha

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: A woman walks past closed shops at Khan Market in New Delhi on Friday. Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has announced a 48-hours bandh in Delhi on February 2nd and 3rd against MCD's sealing drive.  February 2, 2018. PTI

New Delhi: A woman walks past closed shops at Khan Market in New Delhi on Friday. Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has announced a 48-hours bandh in Delhi on February 2nd and 3rd against MCD’s sealing drive.
February 2, 2018.
PTI

The issue of sealing in Delhi found its mention in the Parliament with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) accusing the government of not providing relief to the traders of the national capital. Congress party too joined the issue with leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad speaking on the issue.

Soon after the Upper House convened proceedings for the Question Hour, newly elected MPs of AAP, led by Sanjay Singh resorted to slogans taking to the Well of the House.

As three of them continued to raise the protest, Deputy Chairperson PJ Kurien assured them that issue may be looked into once they move notice.

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad too intervened in the issue accusing the government of not doing enough for the traders and business owners in Delhi.

Earlier, on Wednesday, Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had said that the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) was in the process of amending Delhi’s Master Plan 2021 to provide relief to the traders from the ongoing sealing drive in the national capital.

The issue is slated to be taken up by the ministry and the DDA in its meeting on Friday.

“We are actually going to address the Master Plan… It will need amendment and we are in the process of amending the Master Plan with a view to resolving the issues,” Puri told reporters here.

New Delhi: Traders raise slogans as officials of Municipal Corporation of Delhi and police carry out sealing, at East Patel Nagar Market in Delhi, February 1, 2018. PTI

New Delhi: Traders raise slogans as officials of Municipal Corporation of Delhi and police carry out sealing, at East Patel Nagar Market in Delhi, February 1, 2018.
PTI

The ministry has proposed providing a uniform Floor Area Ratio (FAR) in shop-cum-residential plots, complexes operating in commercial streets, residential areas, commercial and local shopping centres, he said. FAR is the ratio of a building’s total floor area (gross floor area) to the size of the piece of land upon which it is built.

Puri said by how much the FAR would be raised depends on the authority which will “work it out” depending on the size of the plots.

The ministry has also proposed allowing commercial activities in the basement at all commercial streets, subject to payment of requisite charges, he said. Besides proposing reduction in penalty charges, the ministry was also preparing a separate policy for godown clusters in non-conforming areas.

He said the ministry has also decided to reduce the number of days for which the notification has to be put in public domain from 45 days to three considering the urgency of the situation.

Municipal corporations in Delhi have undertaken the sealing drive initiated by a Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee. Commercial premises have been sealed for failing to deposit conversion charges according to provisions in Master Plan 2021.

(With inputs from PTI)