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Councillors want more roads for commercial use

Sandeep Joshi

`Leaders are misusing the notification'

NEW DELHI: Even after finalising the list of 1,979 roads and streets across the Capital to be declared as commercial or mixed land use areas on Monday, the MCD councillors seem still not satisfied and have forwarded the names of more than 500 roads and streets to be included in the list. This not only highlights the shoddy manner in which the civic body's Town Planning Department has prepared the list of roads and streets for commercial activities but also reflects how the councillors and traders are misusing the notification issued by the Union Urban Development Ministry.

After the list of roads was tabled at the special MCD Standing Committee meeting for clearance on Monday, several councillors had termed it as "incomplete" and demanded inclusion of more roads in the list to give "relief" to more traders and residents. They had claimed that the Town Planning Department had failed to carry out a proper survey before finalising the list.

Succumbing to the councillors' demand, Municipal Commissioner A. K. Nigam asked them to give the names of roads and streets of their areas that they wanted to be declared as commercial or included in the mixed land use category to the Deputy Commissioners of their respective zones.

So soon after the meeting many councillors were seen preparing the list of roads they wanted to be included in the list. At the same time a large number of traders, who were present at Town Hall when the meeting was being held, petitioned MCD Standing Committee Chairman J. K. Sharma and Leader of House Jitender Kochar seeking more roads be included in the list. Similarly on Tuesday again a large number of councillors and traders visited various Deputy Commissioners' office with names of new roads and streets.

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