It was an unusual spectacle at Delhi’s posh Defence Colony market on Friday as many popular shops and restaurants were sealed by officials from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and police department.
According to primary information, all shops that have floors beyond the ground have been sealed. According to reports, barring ground floor, floors of shops which had not paid the conversion charge to the MCD for converting the residential complex to a commercial one are being sealed.
MCD officials reached with the Delhi police officials in the afternoon and sealed some of the shops. However, shop owners protested the action by the civic body complaining that no prior notice was issued in this regard.
News agency ANI reported that an SC monitoring committee members & MCD officials sealed shops in Defence Colony area, stating their use of first & ground floors for commercial activities violates law.
Meanwhile, a shopkeeper told the news agency that the December 14 order was in regard to unauthorized constructions. “These shops are here since 1952, this is an authorized commercial market”, he said.