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Delhi sealing drive enters second day
November 09, 2006 12:49 IST
Last Updated: November 09, 2006 17:35 IST
Sealing of unauthorised commercial establishments in the capital by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi continued for the second day on Thursday with the civic body targeting big shops and malls in south Delhi.
Home Minister Shivraj Patil briefed the Union Cabinet on the ongoing sealing of illegal shops in Delhi on the directive of the Supreme Court.
Talking to reporters, Finance Minister P Chidamabram said Patil apprised the Cabinet on the issue towards the end of the meeting.
The Cabinet, however, did not discuss any proposal to convene an all-party meeting to discuss the situation arising from the drive, resumed on Wednesday, he said.
An MCD team, aided by a heavy security cover, sealed Haldiram's restaurant, Jagdish furniture store and some other shops near the busy Lajpat Nagar market on the Ring Road on Thursday morning.
Electricity and water connections of these units were also cut.
There were no reports of violence from anywhere but the sealing drive has triggered traffic snarls on the Ring Road from South Extension to Ashram junction as curious onlookers crowded on the streets disrupting movement of vehicles.
Meanwhile, all schools in the city -- government-run as well as private -- that were closed for the last two days, opened on Thursday after the state government issued a directive to its schools and an advisory to public schools.
Earlier, Municipal Commissioner A K Nigam clarified that sealing operations would not be affected against shopkeepers whose outlets measured less than 20 sq m or those who fell in the 22 trades allowed by the Supreme Court even if they had filed affidavits promising to close by October 31.
The civic body resumed its controversial sealing drive on Wednesday, a day after the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee decided to go ahead with the operations, despite protests from traders.
A huge posse of security personnel, including contingents of the Rapid Action force, Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force and the Delhi police have been deployed to provide security to the sealing teams and to prevent any untoward incident.
Resuming the drive, which was discontinued almost 50 days ago after violence erupted in an East Delhi locality claiming five lives, the MCD sealed 171 premises, including the office of telecom regulator TRAI on Wednesday.
The Delhi High Court, meanwhile, issued notices to the Centre, Delhi government and the Delhi Development Authority on a PIL seeking directions to the authorities to develop commercial areas on vacant land and allot shops at concessional rates to people affected by the sealing drive.
(With UNI inputs)