New Delhi, May 11: To save the traders from high court ordered demolition drive in the city, the Delhi government is planning to move centre asking it to extend the one-year moratorium on sealings and demolitions in the capital that ends on May 18.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today assured a traders' body that the government would look into the option of moving the parliament through the Center to extend the moratorium period, brought into effect by the Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act.

"The Chief Secretary, Urban Development Secretaries of Delhi and Centre would hold a meeting soon to work out a strategy for extension of the moratorium through the act, the Chief Minister has assured us," Praveen Khandelwal, Secretary General of Confederation of All India Traders told a news agency.

The standing committee of the BJP-dominated MCD had passed a resolution recommending that the Centre should extend the moratorium on demolitions and sealings by two years.

Sources in Urban Development Ministry said "The moratorium could be extended for a minimum of six months and a maximum of one year either through an ordinance or an amendment in the act."

With just eight days left for the moratorium to come to an end, the need to extend the relief has been felt in view of the Supreme Court putting on hold the clearance given to construction of third floor in residential premises through the Master Plan for Delhi 2021.

Bureau Report