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Delhi sealing: Centre files affidavit in SC
September 22, 2006 11:44 IST
Last Updated: September 22, 2006 14:26 IST
The Centre on Friday filed a fresh affidavit in the Supreme Court on the Delhi Municipal Corporation's sealing drive stating.
The central governemnt said the September 7 notification is a valid piece of delegated legislation and complied with all the procedures mandated by Delhi Development Act, 1957.
The government, through this notification, has amended the master plan allowing mixed and commercial use of land on many roads in residential areas in Delhi.
The entire process for amendment to the master plan through the notification considered the views of different sections of the society such as Tejender Khanna Committee, Board of Enquiry in DDA and the central government.
The affidavit further said various representations received from a wide variety of stakeholders, including residents' welfare associations, traders' associations, individuals and other organisations incorporated appropriate changes in the proposed amendment.
The affidavit was filed by the government in response to a petition filed by Delhi Pradesh Citizens Council, challenging Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act, 2006.
Significantly, the government informed the court that provision has been made in the notification for collection of charges in respect of mixed use by creating an escrow account into which all charges would be deposited.
The deposited amount would be used for the specific purpose of augmenting civic infrastructure in these areas, the government said.
The government maintained that it intended to have a judicious balance between the interests of the residents as well as traders operating in residential areas, yet at the same time ensuring sufficient safeguards against public nuisance, pollution and other hazards.