New Delhi: In an important move, Parliament on Tuesday passed a Bill to extend the date of sealing of unauthorised commercial constructions in Delhi till December 31.

The National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provision) Bill, moved by Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath, was passed in the Rajya Sabha.

Already passed by Lok Sabha, the bill was approved in the Upper House. After its enactment in Parliament, the anti-sealing laws shall be deemed to have come into effect from January 1, 2011.
The bill aims to prevent sealing and demolition of a large number of unauthorised constructions, including village abadis (settlements) and their extensions, storages, warehouses and godowns for farm produce and some other categories in the city. It also aims at extending the relief to urban villages.

The bill comes in a highlight as the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) had restarted the sealing and demolition drive in the capital after the earlier ordinance expired on December 31 last year.

The civic body was bound by orders of the Supreme Court to resume the sealing of unauthorised commercial properties.