These establishments have been served a sealing notice by the MCD. (Representative Image/File Photo)
A sealing notice issued to the shops in the city's biggest gold jewelery market has stirred quite a storm. Traders' association in Old Delhi said around 75 shops were sent sealing notices, which can now start any day.
The last day to vacate the shops, according to the notice was July 2. Sealing can now be started as soon as the last date ends on July 2.
President of bullion and jewellers' association of Kucha, Mahajani Yogesh Singhal said that traders had already paid Rs 1.2 crore to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi after the recent sealing notice.
Almost 80 per cent shops in the area have paid conversion charges to MCD, and the rest have requested the MCD Commissioner to give more time. Varsha Joshi, Commissioner of North MCD also said that a large number of traders had deposited conversation charges to the civic body.
She also said that the rest of the shop owners have asked for some more time. "We are giving them time and are even happy to arrange special camps for their help," Joshi added.
However, traders are not happy over the notice served to them by the MCD. Rajesh, who works as a manager in a shop, said, "Our shop is within the walled city area. We are exempted from conversion charges. I don't know why the MCD has still issued notices to deposit 10 years of conversion charges."
Manish Singhal, an owner of a small shop in Kucha Mahajani, said that there are more than 1,500 jewellery shops in the area. "In every shop, there are around five to 10 workers. If our shops are sealed, then 15,000 workers will be without jobs. Why is the government forcefully taking money from us? This area comes within the walled city zone," Singhal said.