Continuing with the sealing drive, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Monday sealed upper floors and basements of 38 commercial establishments in the popular Hauz Khas Market. The major units sealed include three public sector banks — SBI, UCO, Bank of Baroda; a number of consultancy offices and a gym, among others. The units are being sealed for “misuse” and “unauthourised construction”.The sealing exercise is being conducted on directions of the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee. “The building department of the South Zone, while ensuring compliance of the committee, took action against the properties where commercial activities were found in the basements and upper floors of the shops,” said a senior SDMC officer.The North Corporation too, sealed 58 commercial units in areas under its Karol Bagh Zone, including Old Rajendra Nagar and Ramesh Nagar, among others. In these areas too, basements and upper floors were sealed.Meanwhile, in a bid to mark a protest against the ‘sealing drive’, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has called a citywide ‘bandh’ in which over 350 major markets will remain shut on Tuesday.The major markets including Chandni Chowk, South Extension-I and II, Hauz Khas, Lajpat Nagar, Kamla Nagar, Ysusuf Sarai, Greater Kailash, and Defence Colony, among others.”Why should a sword keep hanging on the traders’ community always? We demand immediate de-sealing of the shops. Besides, they have to implement the floor area ratio (FAR) as recommended in the Master Plan of Delhi-2021 instead of harassing us,” said Rajendra Malik, president, Defence Colony Traders Association.Calling the drive “ruthless”, the traders’ body is demanding immediate de-sealing of the shops shut so far. Besides, anxious traders claimed if local shopping complexes under the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) can use basements for commercial use, then markets all over the city should be allowed to use basements for business as well.The Committee has sealed over 50 basements in Defence Colony markets earlier this month.The Aam Admi Party (AAP) too, supporting the traders’ cause, announced on Tuesday that it will allow traders in all 70 assembly constituencies to protest.Senior AAP leaders, including Gopal Rai, Chandni Chowk legislator Alka Lamba and Delhi environment minister Imran Hussain, will visit their respective constituencies to participate in the ‘bandh’.TRADERS UPSETThe traders have called the drive “ruthless”, demanding immediate de-sealing of shops

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>
WEF 2018: Honoured to receive Crystal Award with Elton John and Cate Blanchett, says Shah Rukh Khan
Neetu Chandra slams Siddharth Malhotra for commenting against Bhojpuri language
Welcome to New York | Diljit Dosanjh, Karan Johar and Sonakshi Sinha’s multi-starrer film is the baap of all spoofs
Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma’s ‘Sultan’ bags top honours at Tehran film festival
DNA Poll | Will India bow down to fringe fury? Will you be watching Padmaavat this Republic day weekend?
‘Padmaavat’ row | Women take out warning march in Chittorgarh, threaten to commit ‘jauhar’
Malayalam actress Bhavana gets hitched to Kannada producer Naveen, their wedding pics go viral
Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor to reunite again for ‘No Entry’ sequel?
Bigg Boss 11 reunion! Hina Khan, Vikas Gupta, Priyank Sharma & Arshi Khan party together, see pics
Padmaavat | Renuka Shahane’s stand against ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali film makes total sense
Aziz Ansari skips SAG Awards amid sexual misconduct claims
Salman Khan follows Aamir Khan’s footsteps, Bajrangi Bhaijaan to release in China


SDMC seals 38 properties in Haus Khas