Sealing drive returns to haunt commercial complexes in city

Cracking the whip on the commercial complexes’ owners who are not depositing the conversion and parking charges, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation  has started sealing such properties.

Banquet halls and shopping malls are the first to face the brunt of this new drive.
A banquet hall has been sealed in Karol Bagh zone in the jurisdiction of NDMC.
Some of the properties owe crores to the corporation in terms of conversion and parking charges. Sources said a shopping mall owes Rs 35 crore.

The conversion and parking charges generate revenue of about Rs 400 crore for the civic body.

Additional Commissioner Dilraj Kaur has ordered an immediate action against the properties that are found flouting the rules. North Corporation Commissioner Praveen Kumar Gupta has ordered deputy commissioners of every zone to start the process of sealing properties in their respective area.

The corporation conducted a study and identified over 3,000 such properties in the six zones whose conversion charge has not been received by it.

The civic agency sent notices to the owners of these complexes. “But some of them have still not paid the amount,” said the spokesperson. “So now the corporation has started sealing these properties,” said a NDMC spokesperson.

There are around 500 defaulting commercial complexes in every zone, he added.

“Rohini and Civil Lines zones have the maximum number of properties whose conversion and parking charges have not received by the civic body,” he said.

Rama Road, Kirti Nagar and Moti Nagar have many such banquet halls and shopping complexes against which action will be taken, he added.

The North Corporation has also intensified the drive against illegal construction. The civic agency is preparing a list of commercial complexes which have unauthorised structures in their vicinity, the spokesperson said.

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