Delhi: Sealing drive begins in Khan Market

The drive was initiated after a Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee ordered to seal the shops for allegedly violating the provisions of the 2021 master plan. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 08, 2018, 11.44 AM (IST)

The New Delhi Municipal corporation (NDMC) on Monday began the drive to seal nearly 30 restaurants and commercial establishments in Delhi’s upscale Khan Market

The drive was initiated after a Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee ordered to seal the shops for allegedly violating the provisions of the 2021 master plan.

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

After the violations were found, the monitoring committee ordered to seal the first and above floors of Khan Market for misuse of land. 

President of Khan market association, Sanjeev Mehra, had objected to the order claiming there were no violations of laws.

"The Khan Market owners have paid the conversion charges at the rate of Rs 86-89,000 per square metre while the current rates stand at Rs 22,600 per square metre," Mehra said.

A number of establishments in this area operate on the floors above the ground floor, often with a shopping establishment on one floor, and an eatery or other restaurants on the first and second floors.