Delhi Government Seals 22 Bars and Restaurants In Hauz Khas Village For Violation of Environmental Laws
New Delhi, September 22: Delhi Government on Monday sealed 22 bars and restaurants in Hauz Khas Village for violating the environmental norms. The action came in the wake of the order by Delhi Pollution Control Committee. This apart, Delhi Jal Board and BSES were also requested to cut water and electricity connections. Earlier, Delhi High Court called the village a ticking bomb.
The pollution controlling body said it had observed multiple violations that include running kitchens without installing a grease trap, running takeaway restaurants and serving food on disposable plates. Delhi High Court in its observation said Hauz Khas Village in south Delhi is “a ticking time bomb”.
The high court warned the associations of restaurants owners that they will not be allowed escape civil and criminal liability in case any unfortunate incident takes place, as there was virtually no space for emergency vehicles to enter the area.
It further said, “Our repeated queries regarding quantum of solid waste (garbage) and sewage generated by these restaurants (pubs,bars and cafes in Hauz Khas village) evoked no response from either the authorities or the restaurant owners.” A public interest litigation over 120 restaurants and pubs were running in the Hauz Khas Village without any approved building plans or no objection certificate (NOC) from the authorities including the fire department.