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Residents gather with MLA Amanatullah at Okhla Head, what is the story?

As photos of some residents gathering with MLA Amanatullah at Okhla Head, along with local councillor, surfaced on the social media today, many residents were curious to know: What is the story?

Sharing several photos, Saud Khan wrote on his timeline: Against sealing, bakery owners with MLA Amanatullah Khan and councillor Wajid Khan at Okhla Police station (Jamia Nagar police station).”

OT.COM was not able to authenticate the development officially.

A resident, who was also in the crowd, said: “After coming to know that the some bakeries would be sealed today, they turned up and local leaders were also with us at the police station. For the time being it has been avoided, but we got relief for a few more days.”

Okhla MLA Amanatullah said it was stopped today. “It will have impact on source of people livelihood”, he said.

The SDMC earlier in a statement said the drive was carried out under the guidelines of the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee consisting of Bhure Lal and KJ Rao.

Sealing drive had led to protests by traders in Delhi with political parties too fighting over it.

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Friday approved changes to the master plan to provide relief to the traders hit by the ongoing sealing drive, reported TOI on February 3.

However, then municipal officials said some of the proposed changes may pose hurdles in providing the desired relief to shop owners in shop-cum-residential complexes.

“After two days of Delhi Trade Bandh called by CAIT against sealing, the markets in Delhi opened on February 4 restoring the business activities to normal trade though markets observing Sunday as weekly holiday remained closed,” the traders’ association had said in a release.

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“The proposals of DDA (Delhi Development Authority) for amendment in Master Plan 2021 are very confusing since every proposal contain certain riders and conditions which are difficult to follow and as such the basic object of bringing proposals to provide relief to traders from sealing will be highly defeated, according to prominent traders,” it had said.

CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said it appeared that the DDA proposals were drafted “in great haste without considering its compliance obligations and impact”.

“It will be more appropriate if the central government suspends the sealing, by bringing a law in the Parliament, for at least six months, and during this period after having a detailed and thoughtful study, the proposals to amend the Master Plan should be drafted to give relief from sealing,” he said in the statement.

“Though appreciating the proposals mooted by DDA for amending the Master Plan to bring relief to traders from sealing, the CAIT has sent a 12 point traders’ charter to Hardeep Puri, Union Minister for Urban Development, urging him to take necessary steps to mitigate the problems of the traders on account of sealing,” it said.

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