Come Clean Or Pack Up: Ghaziabad Administration Tells Banquet & Farmhouse Owners
With the Delhi Master Plan 2021 set for an amended, traders operating the national capital heaved a sigh of relief ─ following the directive of a Supreme Court-appointed panel, municipal bodies have been sealing commercial establishments for flouting of norms for over a month. Their peers in Ghaziabad, however, are staring at tougher times ahead.
The Ghaziabad Administration has launched a sealing drive against farmhouse and banquet hall owners last month. Now, it has told them to operators in violation of norms to come clean or shut shop. Those operating in green belts and in contrivance with land laws will have no choice but to wrap up-about eight banquet halls operating in the Indirapuram area have already been sealed for operating in a green belt. In a recent meeting with the operators, the city district magistrate also told them to follow a slew of measure to become compliant.
Owners of farmhouses and traders running banquet halls in Ghaziabad, which is a prime choice of buyers looking for affordable property in the national capital region, will have to apply for a no-objection certificate for extracting ground water, install CCTV cameras in the premises, and make sure there is enough parking space within the area of their operation. They are also told not to run loud speakers after 10 in the night.
Vehicles parked outside the premises and music playing late in the night is a common sight when we speak of banquet halls in the state, which had recently invited the Allahabad High Court fire over its failure to tame noise pollution.
The HC on December 20 asked the Uttar Pradesh government whether the loudspeakers at mosques, temples, churches, gurudwaras, etc., were installed after obtaining a written permission from the authorities concerned. The
Lucknow Bench of the HC court also asked what actions had been taken against unauthorised installations and against those officers who allowed that illegality to take place. To tame noise pollution, the Central government has formulated rules in this regard in the year 2000. The state, the HC pointed out, has failed to comply with those norms.
The state had to file its response on February 1.
While assuring the DM to come clean, traders have asked for more time on humanitarian grounds to comply with the norms. In case, premises were abruptly sealed, those who had booked such places in advance would be at the receiving end, they said.