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BJP threatens to launch agitation

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Party councillors demand regularisation of all shops on 189 roads

NEW DELHI: Threatening to launch a "jail bharo" ("Fill the jails") agitation in protest against the Municipal Corporation of Delhi's move to seal commercial establishments in residential areas, Bharatiya Janata Party councillors on Monday demanded that all shops falling on 189 roads as mentioned by the civic body in its public notice for sealing should be immediately regularised.

Livelihood

Appealing to the traders of Delhi to launch a united struggle against MCD's "suppressive action" under the guise of Supreme Court directions, the BJP councillors said the party's agitation would start if the sealing process was initiated and continue till traders were granted their right to earn livelihood.

Alleging that confusion prevailed among the traders over filing of affidavits as directed by the Supreme Court as the Government machinery was giving contradictory signals over giving relief to traders, the Leader of Opposition in the MCD, Subhash Arya, claimed that the list of roads identified for sealing in the civic body also included roads where mixed land use had been permitted by the Union Urban Development Ministry.

"Traders are unable to understand whether they have to submit affidavits or not as per directions of the Supreme Court. While the Union Urban Development Ministry has promised to bring more areas under the purview of mixed land use policy to provide relief to traders, the civic body has asked them to file affidavits, leaving the business community across the city perplexed," he added.

Senior BJP councillor Vijender Gupta demanded that MCD also be given powers to include roads under mixed land use under the local area plan.

Stating that a resolution would soon be brought in the civic body for approval, Mr. Gupta said at present mixed land use to allow commercial activities in residential areas was regularised by the Delhi Development Authority on the recommendations of the MCD, which was a time-consuming affair.

"We should be given powers to directly include areas under mixed land use," he added.

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