In a temporary respite to Delhi residents, the sealing drive, mandated by a Supreme court order, has been put on hold till July 11 as the authorities told the apex court that they were in process of the notifying 351 roads as commercial lanes.
The process, when goes through, will authorise the shops operating on the listed streets, making the sealing order inapplicable on them. The court will hear the matter next on July 11.
The order to change the residential status of 351 streets comes two days after a monitoring committee, appointed by the court to identify and seal unauthorised constructions in Delhi, claimed in the Supreme Court that civic bodies have refused to carry out sealing drive on the ground that amendments in Master Plan of Delhi-2021 were not finalised yet.
Master Plan of Delhi-2021 is a blueprint for urban planning and expansion in the metropolis to ensure overall development and the proposed amendments are aimed at bringing a uniform floor area ratio (FAR) for shop-cum-residential plots and complexes on par with residential plots.
FAR is the ratio of a building's total floor area (gross floor area) to the size of the piece of land on which it is built. The matter was mentioned before a vacation bench of justices U U Lalit and Deepak Gupta which said it would hear the issue on June 14.