Delhi markets to remain shut after traders protest against sealing drive

MCD has conducted a sealing drive in Delhi against unauthorised shops in Delhi. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 23, 2018, 07.13 AM (IST)

Markets across the Delhi are to remain closed due to the bandh called by the Confederation of All India Traders in protest against the ongoing sealing drive by the municipal corporation of Delhi.

According to reports traders in Khan Market, Greater Kailash 1 and 2, South Extension, Defence colony Connaught place, Karol Bagh, Kamla Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Krishna Nagar, Rajouri Garden, Chandni Chowk, Sarojini Nagar have said that they will not open their shops.

The traders are also protesting in various parts of the national capital.

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A mass protest has been called at 12 pm at Hauz Qazi in central Delhi.

The shopkeepers and traders have alleged that the shops are being sealed without any prior notice, and even after accepting conversion charges. Traders demanded protection from sealing by bringing a specific law.

MCD has conducted a sealing drive in Delhi against unauthorised shops in Delhi.

Earlier this month about 13 outlets were sealed in Khan Market including cafeterias, restaurants, bars and other stores.

The sealing drive was also conducted in Lodhi colony's Meharchand Market on January 10.

Restaurants like Khan Chacha and Smokey's Grill were sealed. Geetanjali Salon, Javed Habib's, Affinity Salon, Ayena Skin Clinic and Amrapali Jewellery store were also among those sealed.

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) Master Plan 2021 states that any proprietor who uses a property for mixed purposes must pay a one-time conversion charge at the rate notified by the government. 

'Use conversion charge' is a mandatory payment to be paid when a residential property is used for commercial purposes.