Sealed shops reopened through paying new charges

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Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: After completing the events that were based around the sealing drive that took place in the Defence Colony last December, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation on Thursday announced a policy that recognizes the violation that has formed the formed the basis of the sealing actions from the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee.
Under this new policy, the traders will have to maintain the shop facade according to the 2006 guidelines but all the internal violations would be mainstreamed after the payment of the required charges within the permitted floor area ratio of 350. This new policy provides to the 921 shops that were sealed, major beneficiaries will include LSCs in Defence Colony, Greater Kailash, Green Park and Hauz Khas areas.  From Thursday, traders can apply for regularisation.

New guidelines also state that the front corridor/covered verandah will have to be strictly maintained as per earlier norms. SDMC has also decided that the commercial activity in the basements can now be allowed but usage will be incorporated into the permissible FAR of 350. Conversion charges, additional FAR charges and parking charges, according to the DDA’s June notification, are Rs 22,274 per square meter for all the LSCs located in A and B category colonies, Rs 14,839 for C and D categories and Rs 5,576 for E, F, G and H category colonies.

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