NEW DELHI: The three municipal corporations will soon be coming up with unified guidelines for desealing of residential properties that were recently allowed to be opened by Supreme Court.
The first to benefit would be sealed stilt parking lots, which were deemed misuse and an unauthorised construction by the monitoring committee. Desealing camps would be organised by the civic bodies and no application fee would be charged for the purpose. This was announced by the three mayors and Delhi BJP Adesh Gupta on Friday.
The mayor of North Delhi Municipal Corporation, Jai Prakash, said that Supreme Court had given clarity on the jurisdiction of the monitoring committee.
“We will deseal all residential properties that were not used for commercial purposes. A simplified process will be rolled out and owners will not have to pay the Rs 1 lakh application fee, which was mandatory earlier. We will be setting a time limit within which officials will have to act. After that, the properties will be deemed desealed,” he added. There are around 2,800 such properties under north corporation.
East corporation mayor Nirmal Jain said every zonal executive engineer would be made the nodal officer for the process. “There are 559 sealed properties in Shahdara South zone and 274 in Shahdara North. The commissioner has been asked to simplify the procedure of desealing,” he added.
Anamika Singh, SDMC mayor, said the process of gathering data had been initiated. “A scheme will soon be launched. A common policy will soon be unveiled in consultation with law officers and the Delhi BJP leadership,” she added.
Gupta, who was a former mayor of north corporation, said that since the beginning Delhi BJP had opposed the monitoring committee doing work outside its jurisdiction. “The monitoring committee was formed to prevent commercialisation of residential areas and to check misuse of government land. Around 6,000 residential properties will benefit from desealing,” he added.
Former Delhi BJP president and MP Manoj Tiwari said for the last 10-12 years arbitrary sealing was troubling the public. He added, “We fought sealing and apprised Supreme Court about the problems being faced by people. As a result, the court said that the sealing done in residential areas was unjustifiable.”
Vishal Ohri, general secretary of Local Shopping Centre Federation, said their shops had been lying sealed despite them paying the application fee and conversion charges. “We hope that the court will also review sealing carried out in local shopping centres,” he added.
Supreme Court, while ordering desealing of residential properties, had clarified that its order did not “at all mean to belittle the yeomen service done by the monitoring committee for protection of Delhi”.