The Delhi High Court has taken suo motu notice of the fire at Nehru Place Market and has directed authorities to implement a no-hawking and no-vending policy. The Delhi High Court last week ordered the Delhi Police and the South Delhi Municipal Corporation to enforce a no hawking and selling ordinance on a daily basis after a fire was detected in a building at Nehru Place, District Commercial Centre. The Court went on to declare that the SDMC's SHO, PS Kalkaji, and the Executive Engineer in charge of the project shall be personally accountable for ensuring compliance with their orders, and that failure to do so will result in harsh punishment from the Court. The Court held that the hawkers and merchants had seized the sidewalk area that was intended for pedestrian circulation.
A video posted on social media claiming that it was difficult for fire tenders to enter the building where the fire broke out was also cited. The SHO of the relevant area informed the Court that despite the area being proclaimed a no hawking and vending zone, the aforementioned vendors had not been removed due to repeated orders of stay obtained by the Courts in favour of the hawkers and vendors. "All orders of stay, as operative, should be disclosed in the status report(s)," the Bench continued, "which are alleged to be the reason why all encroachers, hawkers, and vendors are not being removed from the aforementioned area despite it being proclaimed a no-hawking no-vending zone." In light of the urgency of the situation, the Court said that no additional time would be given for the submission of status reports to any department.
"In the event that the status reports are not filed, the Commissioner of Delhi Police, Commissioner of SDMC, and Vice Chairman of the DDA, as the case may be, shall stay present on the next date of hearing," it stated.
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