The East corporation is about to begin sealing properties whose owners have been evading conversion charges. Civic officials said the body has identified 54 such sites in the Jhilmil and Patparganj Industrial Area.
Sealing notices have been issued to around 54 properties. Their owners have been repeatedly evading conversion charges. Civic records state that these units have not paid conversion charges even once. The units will be sealed for non-compliance of civic rules, said a senior civic official.
The conversion charge is a mandatory fee levied on land being used for commercial purposes or for mixed use. The sealing drive was initiated after a corporation survey revealed that several shops were evading this fee.
Sources said showrooms and other shops were found functioning on the land allotted for industrial purpose. Many of these showrooms are functioning on plots larger than 400 square metres.
A reminder notice for deposition of conversion charges was sent to all defaulters. The 15-day deadline expired,but not even one defaulter responded to the notice. As a result,the non-responsive units will be sealed, said the official.
For an industrial area,conversion charges are around Rs 8,000 per square metre. The official said evasion of conversion charges has led to losses of crores of rupees. Moreover,the corporation is also preparing a list of defaulters in Shahdara (North) and Shahdara (South).