GURGAON: Acting against commercial use of residential properties, the enforcement wing of department of town and country planning (DTCP) sealed two houses and mobile towers in Uppal Southend, a colony on Sohna Road. The action was taken after a complaint was filed on CM Window over the increasing use of residential properties for commercial purposes.
DTCP had issued notices to 26 houses two months ago for violation of the rule and directed them to restore the buildings strictly in accordance with the approved building plans. After receiving the notices, 14 of the houses stopped commercial activities while another eight sought a week’s time. Two houses that had not replied to the notice and continued to run a guest house and a health club, were sealed.
“The RWA filed a complaint against commercial activity in residential area. The movement of anti-social elements had increased in the colony due to these commercial activities, creating a threat to security,” said Harbansh Arora, secretary of RWA Uppal Southend.
District town planner (enforcement) Rajendra Sharma said the department will take strict action against commercial use of residential properties. “This was the first sealing drive in years,” said Sharma, adding similar drives will be carried out in other parts of the city.
DTCP has swung into action following an increase in number of residents’ complaints on CM Window. “Large residential areas are not designed to carry on commercial activities. Whenever any residential property is used for commercial purposes, it increases the movement of people and vehicles in the area, causing inconvenience to residents,” said an official.
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