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  Metros   Delhi  19 Mar 2018  3,000 trade bodies to rally against sealing

3,000 trade bodies to rally against sealing

PTI
Published : Mar 19, 2018, 1:39 am IST
Updated : Mar 19, 2018, 1:39 am IST

The drive is being carried out at the instance of a Supreme Court-appointed panel.

Shop owners play cricket after they closed their stores in protest against the sealing in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)
 Shop owners play cricket after they closed their stores in protest against the sealing in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: Over 3,000 trade associations are expected to hold a rally at the Ramlila Ground on March 28 to demand they be protected from the sealing drive in Delhi.

The drive is being carried out at the instance of a Supreme Court-appointed panel.

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) in a statement said the rally would be non-political and no political party would be invited. CAIT secretary general Praveen Khandelwal said the trade associations will meet on March 20 to plan their strategy for making the rally a success.

He said instead of using force and resources to seal or destroy already constructed buildings, action should be taken against “current unauthorised constructions or usages”.

Mr Khandelwal demanded that the government set up a high level committee, including representatives of traders, under the lieutenant-governor to discuss the next Master Plan 2021-2041.

The apex court had on March 6 stayed any further progress by the authorities to amend the Delhi Master Plan 2021, which is aimed at granting protection from the ongoing sealing drive in the national capital. It had also observed that the rule of law over sanction to construct buildings had “completely broken down” and expressed concern over illegal construction. It had ordered restoration of its monitoring panel to identify and seal offending structures.

The committee, comprising K.J. Rao, former advisor to the Election Commission; Bhure Lal, chairman, Environment Pollution Control Authority; and Major General Som Jhingan (Retd), was set up on March 24, 2006.

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