NGT shuts down Hauz Khas village eateries till Sept 24

Concerned over “health hazards” posed by eateries in Hauz Khas village which are allegedly running without proper permission,the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday directed that the eateries remain closed till September 24.

A bench headed by Justice P Jyothimani said the order would act as an injunction against any new eating joint which comes up in the area and listed the matter for further hearing on September 24.

The tribunal observed that over 40 eateries in the area “are not only operating without proper clearance as per law but are discharging effluents,drawing potable water,apart from causing nuisance and environmental hazards…”.

The tribunal was hearing the petition by Pankaj Sharma alleging that the eateries in Hauz Khas village are operating illegally. Observing that so many eating joints could not have “mushroomed” in the area without the Delhi Pollution Control Committee’s knowledge,the NGT sought the presence of authority’s member secretary on the next date of hearing to explain.

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