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Angry SC asks Delhi Government, do you exist only for traders?

Team SoOLEGAL 29 Mar 2018 3:57pm

Angry SC asks Delhi Government, do you exist only for traders?

New Delhi :  SC bench of  Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta during the hearing of the matter on the ongoing sealing drive in the capital reacted very strongly to DDA counsel statement that they are trying create a balance. The bench said, “The balance has to be struck in favour of people. Traders are also people, but balance should be in larger public interest.”

The bench said you are only interested in granting relief to businessmen but you have no concern for the infrastructure problems like parking, pollution, garbage and water problem faced by the residents."You are only bothered about the traders, for you residents concern do not matter", said the court.

The court said, “Traders come with jhanda and you grant relief. People can’t afford jhanda, so you don’t grant them relief." The court also slammed lowering of conversion charges on some areas from Rs 89,094 per sq m to Rs 22,274 per sq m.  However the counsel for DDA argued that lowering of the charges was not an arbitrary decision and was done only after due consultation with Union Urban Development ministry. The DDA counsel stated that earlier conversion charges were exorbitant and it led to lower compliance. In some case it was equivalent to value of land.        

In the meantime thousands of traders across the city on Wednesday shut their shops and brought out a rally at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan against the ongoing sealing drive . Most major markets in Delhi, including Defence Colony, South Extension I, South Extension II, Sadar Bazar, Kashmere Gate, Khari Baoli, Naya Bazar, Bhagirath Palace, Karol Bagh and Chawri Bazar, remained closed.

Tagged: SC   Sealing committee   Traders   DDA  
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