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In biggest drive, SDMC seals 135 shops on Lodhi Road

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

In a massive crackdown on unauthorised constructions in the national capital, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) sealed upper floors and basements of 135 shops in the posh Meher Chand Market on Wednesday.

Besides, two PSU banks were been given two days to wind up their operations, a senior SDMC official said.

Wednesday’s drive was termed the biggest by the civic body following instructions of a Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee.

“Sealing action was taken in 135 of the 153 shops in Meher Chand Market, Lodi Road, but ground floors were spared. Only upper flowers and basements built or used in violation of civic norms were sealed. Two banks, State Bank of India and Dena Bank, have been given two days to wind up their operation,” the official said.

The ground floors, built legally, have been spared, he added. Meher Chand Market is home to many plush eateries and boutique shops, and known to have a good footfall.

In nearby upscale Khan Market, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) on Tuesday sealed 16 commercial establishments for unauthorised construction. A day earlier the civic body had sealed terraces and open spaces of eight major establishments in Khan Market.

On January 5, as many as 56 establishments, including showrooms of automobile majors, in South Delhi’s Vasant Kunj were sealed by the SDMC for “misuse” and “encroachment” of property.