India Business
Stop DDA from auctioning vacant plots, traders urge court
May 6, 2007 - 9:55:48 PM

New Delhi, May 6 - Various traders' organisations in the capital Sunday appealed to the apex court to ensure that Delhi Development Authority -, the land owning agency of the national capital, stops auctioning vacant plots on commercial basis.

On the eve of a slated examination of the legality and feasibility of the Delhi Master Plan-2021 by the Supreme Court, beginning Monday, the Confederation of All India Traders - said land owned by the DDA or land that has been cleared from encroachments must be converted into designated markets

In a statement, Praveen Khandelwal, general secretary of CAIT, an umbrella organisation of various traders' bodies, said: 'In principle it must be agreed that traders liable to close down their business must be given alternate space and for this purpose, the DDA should be directed not to make any commercial auction of land in Delhi at least till the traders are relocated.'

Khandelwal added that the land may allotted to traders faced with sealing of their illegal properties on a 'no-loss-no-profit basis'.

CAIT also demanded from the government alternative sites for those traders who are to be hit by the apex court-mandated closure of their commercial establishments for operating out of residential premises.

A bench headed by Justice Arijit Pasayat would start examining the feasibility of the master plan either in right earnest or fix some later date for the same.

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