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MPD 2021 signed, no sealings now

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Jun 20, 2007 at 03:50am IST

New Delhi: The Union Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy on Tuesday signed the Master Plan for Delhi 2021 and said there will be no sealing of shops in Delhi.

The Master Plan - that seeks to address Capital's civic problems like unauthorised colonies and constructions - will be notified within 48 hours will then be sent to Supreme Court, Reddy said.

"I have just now signed the MTPD 2021. It needs some translations and some technical look, so it will be notified in a couple of days formally and officially," Reddy said.

The sealing of shops that did not file affidavits was supposed to resume from Wednesday.

Reddy also briefed the media about plans to regulate construction in Delhi, saying the Centre proposes to set up an authority on builders to make them accountable. He also said the Government was drawing up a “model legislation” for states to ensure that builders address basic requirements of their customers.

"Besides, we are encouraging housing for the poor, which involves 'in-situation' development of slums and using their land as a resource," Reddy said.

Builders in Delhi would be required to provide housing to their labourers during construction, he added. Under fire from ecologists over Delhi's new town planning, Reddy promised that authorities would discourage activities posing threat to environment.

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The Supreme Court's committee on the issue had said that shops of traders - who had filed affidavits in March 2006 but did not promise to stop commercial activities - will be sealed.

However, MCD officials had said that the order will not be implemented completely.

Most of these traders have their establishments along the 185 stretches that were wider than 80 feet and were first identified for sealing.

In the wake of the situation created by the Supreme Court's order on sealing a few months ago, the Government had earlier told Lok Sabha the "antiquated" MCD Act and DDA Act would be reviewed and several steps would be taken to provide relief to lakhs of affected people.

Jaipal Reddy had said hundreds of roads would soon be notified where shops would be spared from sealing.

He said 1,400 unauthorised colonies would also be regularised soon and one lakh houses built for poor people.

A provision had also been made under the September seven government notification to allow schools, operating from residential areas, to continue functioning beyond May 2007, Reddy said.

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