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RWAs, traders give mixed reaction on Master Plan of Delhi changes

Traders, who have been at the receiving end of the sealing drive "welcomed" the decision, however, resident associations said the proposed amendments are "not in favour" of the public, at large.

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A day after the Supreme Court lifted the stay from the amendments proposed to be made to the Master Plan of Delhi (MPD)-2021 by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), RWAs and traders have given mixed reactions on the same. Traders, who have been at the receiving end of the sealing drive "welcomed" the decision, however, resident associations said the proposed amendments are "not in favour" of the public, at large.

However, residents said they will wait for the DDA to put the amendments in public domain. The apex court in Tuesday's order said the urban body should allow a 15-day period to invite suggestions and objections from the public.

"Last time, we had submitted suggestions, which they did not even discuss with us. The feedback was just a token exercise. We are waiting for the advertisement after which we will see what should be done. However, the changes proposed so far are not in favour of the people of Delhi. It is going to add the extra burden on the facilities and the system here, which will have to be borne by residents only," said BS Vohra, president, federation of East Delhi RWAs.

At the same time, traders said the decision has come as a relief while also demanding immediate de-sealing of establishments.

"The floor area ratio, as proposed, must be increased. So many traders are out of business," said Vinay Mehta, a garments trader in Amar Colony.

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