The resolution was moved by Leader of the House Satyapal Singh arguing that east Delhi was a densely populated area with a large number of people living below the poverty line. Once a property was booked by the corporation due to lack of an approved building plan, it was ineligible for a water connection. The resolution would now be kept in the House meeting.
With municipal elections barely a few months away, the issue of sealing of properties is going to be a major issue. The other two civic bodies are likely to follow in EDMC’s footsteps.
Data submitted to a special task force showed that 9,250 properties were sealed by the three corporations and other agencies till July 31, 2021. Out of these, 4,357 properties were sealed due to unauthorised construction, while 4,895 were shut due to misuse according to the master plan provisions. In all, 2,708 applications were received for de-sealing, out of which 1,609 were approved for unauthorised construction and 985 for misuse of properties.
A large number of properties were also de-sealed after the Supreme Court order clarifying the limit of the monitoring committee. Data showed that 3,660 units had been de-sealed so far. The applications remained pending since the second wave of the pandemic.
The three-member monitoring committee has so far approved 712 desealing cases in north corporation areas, 187 properties under South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), 44 under EDMC and 17 in New Delhi Municipal Council areas. The largest proportion of sealed properties lie under SDMC where 2,214 units were sealed and 581 de-sealed.