New Delhi: Delhi BJP leaders have decided to attend an all-party meeting convened by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with the members of the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee over the ongoing sealing drive against illegal commercial properties at the Delhi secretariat today.
BJP MLA and Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta has confirmed his participation in the meeting. Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said he was also ready to go to the meeting, even though he had not received a formal invitation.
The BJP did not attend an all-party meeting called by Kejriwal at his residence earlier this month. Tiwari had alleged that they were “assaulted” by AAP workers during their visit to the chief minister’s residence for a discussion on sealing last month.
Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken has deputed a three-member team of the party which would attend the meeting. Maken will not attend it. He was present at the first all-party meeting on the issue.
Civic bodies have undertaken the sealing drive initiated by the Monitoring Committee on 17 December last year. The committee is sealing business establishments that are using residential properties for commercial purposes.
Commercial premises have also been sealed for failing to deposit conversion charges according to provisions in Master Plan 2021.
At least 12,000 residential properties in 45 refugee colonies across Delhi are facing sealing over alleged violations of land use. The monitoring committee appointed by the Supreme Court has identified these properties in colonies such as Kalkaji, Jangpura, Lajpat Nagar, Old Rajendra Nagar, Mukherjee Nagar, Subhash Nagar and Tilak Nagar where alleged commercial activities are underway, according to a municipal officer privy to the matter.
There are 45 residential colonies in Delhi that were developed on land provided by the erstwhile Union ministry of rehabilitation on leasehold in 1947. These colonies were originally meant for refugees who migrated from Pakistan during Partition and the localities were then transferred to Central government’s Land and Development Office (L&DO) in 1950.
The sealing drive started in Delhi on the orders of the Supreme Court on 15 December, and so far at least 3,500 properties have been sealed over the alleged misuse, encroachment and running establishments on non-notified areas by three civic agencies.