//HC sounds death knell for banquet

HC sounds death knell for banquet

SNS & Agencies
NEW DELHI, Feb. 17. — Delhi High Court today ordered the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to close down all banquet halls functioning in the Capital’s residential areas. “Running of banquet halls is a perennial source of nuisance for residents, besides causing traffic congestion in the city, and they should go forthwith,” a Division Bench of Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Rekha Sharma ruled.

The court clarified that Thursday’s Supreme Court order on dismantling commercial structures in residential areas would apply to banquet halls as well. The directions were given while dealing with a public interest litigation complaining about the functioning of commercial farmhouses in the city. The Bench observed that it was not only farmhouses but scores of banquet halls which have surfaced in residential areas illegally, causing severe hardships to the general public.

Hence, it asked the MCD to take immediate steps to close down such halls. Meanwhile, senior MCD officials said that they have already done a preliminary survey and are in the process of initiating action against commercial establishments in residential areas.