Sealing drive: AAP government to seek SC nod on 351 roads

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New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) The Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi will approach the Supreme Court for its nod on the proposed notification of 351 roads here as commercial and mixed-use categories, the party said on Thursday.

Once these 351 roads are notified as such, traders on these stretches will be saved from the ongoing sealing drive. The traders are said to be using residential properties for commercial purposes without paying conversion charges.

The Delhi government had received the official documents on these roads on Tuesday, the party said.

“The files related to the 351 roads reached us on January 23. They are soon going to be sent to the Supreme Court for approval,” Party chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj told the media here.

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Public Works Department Minister Satyendar Jain had asked the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCDs) to make a detailed submission of the documents required by January 22.

The MCD drive is being overseen by a Monitoring Committee set up by the Supreme Court in 2006. In 2012, the apex court had asked the committee to stop the drive but ordered its resumption in December 2017.

Bharadwaj claimed that then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and then Union Urban Development Minister Ajay Maken “didn’t do anything about the issue of sealing”.

“DDA (Delhi Development Authority) didn’t play its part. Hence, illegal constructions and markets came up, and now people are suffering,” he said.

Delhi Rural Development Minister Gopal Rai said the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government and the MCDs were “misleading” the masses on the issue.

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The AAP said that its Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs, along with various stakeholders, will march to Parliament on January 29 on the issue.



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