As many as 350 shops were today sealed by civic authorities for alleged misuse and encroachment of properties in south Delhi's Lajpat Nagar area, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation said. Besides, 33 units were also sealed in the GK Enclave-II and various other colonies, the civic body said in a statement. The action was taken at the instance of a Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee. The sealing drive had begun late December with sealing of major shops and eateries in the posh Defence Colony. "350 shops were sealed for misuse and encroachment in the markets located in the Old Double Storey area of Lajpat Nagar-4, which falls under the SDMC's central zone," the civic body said. In GK-Enclave II, the sealing was done in the stilt parking area because of alleged unauthorised construction of rooms and servant quarters there, it said. The areas where sealing action was taken also included Rajouri Garden, Janak Puri, Virender Nagar and Hari Nagar in the SDMC's west zone. "Unauthorised construction of offices and rooms at different floors and commercial activities at basement and stilt-parking areas were found there, so they were sealed," the SDMC said.
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