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What led to sealing in Lajpat Nagar? SDMC lists violations

| | New Delhi | in Sunday Pioneer

Listing the reason of the sealing drive, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Saturday released a statement mentioning the violations that led to sealing in Lajpat Nagar market in which 350 shops sealed.

The statement reads that the common space which was actually meant for the movement of the pedestrians and various other community services were encroached by the occupants to the extent of 12 feet in the front and approximately 30 feet in the rear. 

Since the encroachments were extending up to four floors and huge in nature, it was not possible for the enforcement team to remove the structures from public land, therefore, on the directions of the Monitoring Committee, the properties were sealed, it said.

The committees carried out an inspection of old double storey, Lajpat Nagar-IV (popularly known as Suit Market) and its vicinity on March 6 and noticed large scale of encroachments by the occupants both in front as well as in the back.

The double storey in this market was developed and constructed by land and development Office (L&DO) of Ministry of Rehabilitation, Government of India in fifties and allotted it to the displaced persons after partition, said a senior SDMC official, adding that the ownership of the land vests with L&DO. As per the lay out plan of Lajpat Nagar-IV, right of way of road between the blocks is 36 ft.

The official further said that the total space between blocks is 60 ft. and the common space in front of each of these block is 12 ft. which is L&DO land which was encroached heavily, led the officials of the building department to seal them, following the direction of the SC- appointed monitoring committee, the statement read.

All the three municipal corporations have sealed thousands of shops/ properties for number of reasons including unauthorised construction of offices and rooms at different floors and ongoing commercial activities at basement and stilt parking areas, non-payment of conversion charges and encroachment.




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