East Corporation to seal fate of properties

Property owners in east Delhi who have failed to clear the conversion charges against their property are up for problems ahead, as the East Delhi Municipal Corporation will be conducting a month-long sealing drive after Diwali.

East Corporation has written to Delhi Police, seeking their assistance for conducting the sealing drive.  The civic body officials said Delhi Police have been provided with the details of the areas and number of properties which will be sealed.

“The sealing drive would begin from November 20 and continue till December 20. Deputy commissioners of both the zones have written to Delhi Police to provide force for the drive during the period. Police have been provided with the details about the streets and areas where the drive will be conducted on a particular day,” said EDMC commissioner S S Yadav.

The corporation officials said the crackdown on the property owners will be carried out simultaneously in both the administrative zones – north and south Shahadra.

“Properties will be sealed in one street from each zone on a particluar day. We would cover all the properties within the one-month period. The exetnsion given in October was the last attempt to make the property owners comply with the rules. No relief would be given to those who don’t pay their dues by November 20,” Yadav said.

EDMC had earlier planned to conduct the sealing drive from October 15. However, it was postponed giving extension to property owners for clearing their dues.

The officials said around 3,000 property owners have paid their dues in the intervening period which swelled the coffers of the corporation with around Rs 2 crore.

According to the civic body officials, over 15,000 properties are under the scanner as their owners have not paid the conversion charges so far.

The toll is charged when a residential property is put  to commercial or mixed land use.     
Out of the total properties whose fate is to be sealed, over 12,000 properties fall in Shahadra (south) zone, while around 3,000 properties are in Shahadra (north) zone.

Under the Shahadra (south) zone, the maximum defaulters are in Anarkali, followed by Shakarpur, Geeta Colony, Patparganj and Vishwas Nagar areas. While under Shahadra (north) zone, most defaulters are in Nand Nagri, Old Seemapuri, Ashok Nagar and New Seemapuri areas, corporation officials said.

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