Delhi High Court Relieves Hauz Khas Village Restaurants. For Now!

Defusing the “ticking time bomb”, the Delhi High Court gave some breathing room for the restaurateurs located at Hauz Khas Village earlier today. The court clarified the status of its previous order as temporary & confirmed that the final hearing’s still pending.

21 restaurants in Hauz Khas Village were sealed for reportedly lacking various environmental clearances for operations. The Sub Divisional Magistrate, Mr. Ramchandra M Shingare alongside Delhi Police & the Delhi Pollution Control Committee implemented the ordered closures just a few days back. The conducted closures were enforced under Section 31A of Air (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 & Section 33A of Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974.

The said Magistrate issuing a public statement to the media said, “Most of these don’t have Consent to Establish (CTE) or Consent to Operate (CTO) certificates, which are mandatory to run hotels in Delhi. Consent to Establish is the first step for any industry or trade to begin operations and the permission is given within four months of it being applied for. The CTO certificate is given by the DPCC [Delhi Pollution Control Committee]. You need these to run an establishment along with clearances from the police, fire and corporation health departments.”

Besides the inconsistences on part of environmental regulatory agencies, the National Restaurants Association of India [NRAI] in their defense raised the issue of livelihood of roughly 4000 people employed by the affected restaurants in the HKV area. To that effect, the court reviewed it’s previous observations & responded to it with further clarity. The final order on this PIL [Public Interest Litigation] matter is subjected to a hearing scheduled on October 30th.

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