CAIT writes to Union Minister Hardeep Puri demanding immediate de-sealing of shops in Delhi
Master Plan 2041 draft should be consulted with traders- CAIT
The business of Delhi has been greatly hit by the Corona pandemic which has prompted the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) to demand Union Minister for Urban Development Shri Hardeep Puri demanding that Delhi be immediately freed from the sword of sealing that has been hanging on the traders of Delhi for years and sealed shops shops should now be de -sealed immediately without further delay. CAIT also demanded that the Delhi Rent Act should also be finalised, ending a long running dispute between the landlords and tenants in Delhi, assessing all the related circumstances and making such a law in which the interests of the landlords along with the tenants must be equally protected. CAIT has also demanded that traders should participate in the consultation process of Master Plan 2041 which is being prepared for Delhi. CAIT has also sent such a memorandum to the Lt Governor of Delhi Shri Anil Baijal today.
CAIT National Secretary General Mr. Praveen Khandelwal raised this demand that since 2006, the sealing of shops was started in Delhi, due to which, according to an estimate, about 6 thousand shops are sealed in Delhi at present. Corona started since the beginning of the year 2020 and the traders of Delhi are faced with a big crisis of livelihood and in such a situation, it has become imperative that shops are immediately de-sealed. Keeping this in view, the Central Government should take an initiative in this matter and pass an ordinance in which all sealed shops should be opened and all other problems related to sealing should be postponed for the time being thereby giving all traders a fair chance to do business. He also said that if required to approach the Supreme Court then the Central Government and Delhi Government together must go to court and seal of shops should be opened on humanitarian grounds.
Mr. Khandelwal said that the subject of regularization of 351 roads is pending in the Supreme Court. the Delhi government should immediately go to court and get orders to regularize these roads. He also stressed on the immediate need to de-seal Marble Godowns in Chattarpur area of Delhi, which are sealed for the last 2 and half years, despite the Govt notifying a clear policy for regularisation of godown clusters and stand alone godowns.
He further said that the dispute of landlords and tenants in Delhi has been going on for a long time, With this view, the Union Urban Development Ministry should take initiative and listen to the tenants and landlords immediately and enact a law that fully protects the interests of both the sections.He also said that many markets in Delhi are to be shifted to other places under which chemical market was shifted to Narela and paper market to Ghazipur 10 years back but due to government indifference,this process has not been completed yet and no facilities have been provided yet. He said that Shri Anil Baijal, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, should take cognizance of this matter and resolve this matter immediately by formulating a proper shifting policy.
Mr. Khandelwal said that the process of formulation of Delhi’s next master plan 2041 has started. After Corona, a big change has come in the way of doing business in the country including Delhi, in view of which the master plan should be made on the same basis. He has urged Shri Hardeep Puri on this subject that in view of the important role of traders in the development of Delhi, traders should be included as an integral part in the process of drafting the master plan. Mr. Khandelwal further said that a delegation of CAIT will soon meet Mr. Hardeep Puri and Mr. Anil Baijal on all these subjects