New Delhi, January 8: Nearly 30 leading restaurants and several other shops located on the first floor and floors above it in the posh Khan Market in the national capital could be sealed on Monday. The Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee is learned to have ordered New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) to execute the order for alleged violation of provisions of the 2021 master plan. Also Read - Delhi School Reopening News: Schools to Remain Closed For All Students Till October 5, Online Teaching to Continue, Says Kejriwal Govt
“The monitoring committee has given the order to seal the first and above floors of Khan Market for misuse of land. The market is notified as a local shopping complex and as per the rule, owners will have to pay use conversion charge to the council. The committee will inspect the market in the morning,” sources said, the Times of India reported. Also Read - 33% Delhiites Have Developed Covid-19 Antibodies: Latest Sero Survey of 17,000 Samples
According to the 2021 masterplan, traders who are running commercial activities above ground floor in local shopping complexes will have to pay use conversion charges at Rs 22,274 per square metre to the local body. The Delhi Development Authority had cut the rate from Rs 89,000 to Rs 22,274. Also Read - India Happiness Report 2020: Mizoram, Punjab, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Top List; Maharashtra & Delhi at Bottom
Use conversion charges are levied for misuse of land. “It is a one-time payment while the conversion charge is paid annually for development of the market and parking facilities,” officials said.
The post market has been under the scanner for allegedly not following fire safety rules.
The civic bodies have been directed to collect use conversion charges from all 106 local shopping complexes in the city by January 15, failing which the markets will be sealed. Sanjiv Mehra, president of Khan Market Traders Association, said about 40 shops have already paid the use conversion charges. “The owners have paid already as far as the conversion charges go and about 40 units have been converted and are running commercial activity. Proper plans should be prepared by NDMC and the corporations before initiating any sealing action on directions of monitoring committee. The charges paid by the owners were meant for developing the market. However, no development has happened in the market,” said Mehra.