The Delhi High Court has observed that the city of Delhi is being held to ransom by a few.
A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar made the remark in regards to the government’s proposed amendment of the master plan after traders protested against the sealing drive.
The Master Plan-2021 is a blueprint that deals with urban planning and expansion for the Delhi metropolis and seeks to ensure its overall development.
The HC noted that the masterplan was being changed just because “a few hundred people sit on a dharna,” and asked the authorities whether an environment impact assessment was carried out before proposing to amend the Master Plan-2021.
The court is hearing a bunch of petitions that deal with unauthorised constructions and encroachment of public land.
Traders Protested Sealing Drive With Shutdowns And Dharna
Across the city of Delhi, traders had closed their shops on February 2 to protest against the drive to seal commercial establishments that are being operated in residential areas or premises. They also held dharnas in the city.
Subsequently, the Delhi Development Authority proposed to amend the master plan by offering uniform FAR for shop- cum-residence plots or complexes which would be on par with residential plots, as is being provided to properties on mixed-use street.
The FAR refers to the ratio of any building’s total floor area to the overall size of the land on which it is built.
In an earlier observation, the Supreme Court had stated that the rule of law regarding sanction to construct buildings had “completely broken down” in Delhi and had expressed concern regarding the rampant illegal construction.
The SC had also directed for the restoration of its 2006 monitoring committee for identifying and sealing such structures.