Sealing drive on illegal properties in Delhi to revive soon


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The Supreme Court is likely to revive the monitoring committee to identify and put a seal on all illegal structures in the national capital - Delhi. It has been observed that the authorities have failed to stop illegal constructions in the city. Therefore, the number of unauthorised properties have increased in the recent past. A proposal to restore the powers of the monitoring committee to identify and seal unauthorised properties would be tabled soon.

In March 2006, the apex court had directed sealing of all illegal constructions in the city and formed a monitoring committee to conduct and monitor the sealing drive. All residential units which were used for commercial purposes without any notification were sealed as well.

The sealing drive continued till January 2012. The Delhi government had brought the 2021 Master Plan to regularise some of the illegal entities. However, the committee was ordered to keep a track on all unauthorised constructions happening in the city. After going through the committee’s reports on unauthorised construction, the court has decided to carry out a fresh sealing drive. The report includes several unauthorised colonies in the city that have been approved by the development authorities. Sai Kunj in Mehrauli is one such unauthorised colony.

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