To seal the illegal establishments in Delhi, The Supreme Court has appointed a team of officials who will monitor the sealing of illegal commercial developments. Before the sealing drive in Delhi, no prior notice will be declared. A joint meeting held between the commissioners of three municipal corporations, the senior official from Delhi Development Authority and Vice-chairman of New Delhi Municipal Council. In the meeting session of senior officials, the future course of the action plan as per different market has been discussed.
The Municipal Corporation declared sealing action from Wednesday and no prior information will be intimated to the traders. But as per law, prior intimation to all traders across the city is a mandatory format. The action was planned to recover the misuse of residential properties that are engaged in commercial use, unauthorized construction etc. More than hundred of shops in Delhi city has been sealed because of the unauthorized establishment.
As a mark of protest traders declared two-day bandh and the impact of this have been seen in the popular markets like Rajouri Garden, Greater Kailash, Connaught Place. The sealing drive in Delhi is being conducted in areas or places, where there is a non-permitted construction or there have been other violations of the balcony, basement or flooring. Market space in North Delhi, as well as popularly posh hubs in South Delhi like Hauz Khas, Defence colony and central Delhi, are involved in illegal commercial construction. The Delhi Municipal Corporation is preventing all these illegal constructions for maintaining the dignity of residential spaces. This lead traders and shop owners who have got the support of political parties to do protest.
To stop the illegal commercial constructions in residential areas and over residential properties, the sealing drive is imposed. This is not for the first time when Delhi is facing sealing drive. The standing committee of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation had passed a resolution in the previous week. They said that before sealing drive in an area a 48 hours before prior notice must be regulated by officials. The decision was taken in reference to the Delhi Municipal Act, 1957. An order issued by the monitoring committee in 2008 which had a provision for serving such notices before sealing action
In the year 2006, there was a massive sealing and violent protest happened. The impact of Feb. 2006 sealing drive in Delhi was so horrible that 4 people died while protesting for it. While keeping an eye on hazardous tragedies happened in past months insisting DDA to stay strict to avoid such emergencies. Justice Lokur said “you have not learnt anything from Kamala Mills incident in Mumbai, Uphaar fire tragedy or the Bawana fire. Why everybody is keeping their eye shut in Delhi, are they waiting for soothing wrong to happen…!” he added.
Coming back to illegal construction and various other civic problems in Delhi like pollution, parking space and poor waste management, Municipal Corporation is forced to take such action. The Supreme Court in Delhi questioned DDA i.e. Delhi Development Authority questioning to make a change in the master plan of Delhi 2021 to avoid the loss of traders. Also, there’s a request shown by apex court that the monitoring committee adheres to Municipal corporation norms. And the sealing will be carried in a constitutional manner in Delhi.