Delhi held to ransom by traders: HC on amendment of masterplan

NEW DELHI: In an apparent disapproval of the government's proposed amendment of the grasp plan after traders protested against the sealing power, the Delhi High Court has seen that a few other people have "held the city to ransom".

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar further seen that by sitting on a dharna "you can get the master plan changed".

"Not because it is required nor after checking if the city can handle it. It is done because a few hundred people sit on a dharna."

"The master plan is being amended because the traders have held the city to ransom by pulling down their shutters," it mentioned and asked the government whether an environment impact evaluate used to be performed before proposing to amend the Master Plan-2021.

The Master Plan-2021 is a blueprint for city making plans and enlargement in the metropolis to ensure overall building and the proposed amendments were for bringing a uniform floor area ratio (FAR) for shop-cum-residential plots and complexes on par with residential plots.

The observations by the bench came while listening to issues touching on unauthorised buildings and encroachment of public land.

The traders, throughout Delhi, had on February 2 shut down their shops in protest against the sealing of industrial establishments working from residential spaces or premises.

The Delhi Development Authority had, thereafter, proposed to amend the grasp plan by offering uniform FAR for shop- cum-residence plots or complexes on par with residential plots, as given to houses on mixed-use street.

The FAR is the ratio of a construction's overall floor area (gross floor area) to the dimensions of the piece of land on which it is built.

The Supreme Court had earlier seen that the guideline of regulation over sanction to construct structures had "completely broken down" in Delhi and expressed worry over illegal building.

It had also ordered restoration of its 2006 tracking committee to identify and seal such offending buildings.

With the commencement of the sealing power, the traders had protested by shutting their shops in addition to happening dharnas.
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