The central bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday rapped the MP government for its delay in framing guidelines to regulate the business activity of ‘marriage gardens’ in Madhya Pradesh.
The bench instructed the government to frame specific guidelines, emphasising that different areas of the state have various requirements. NGT also directed the authorities that they could attach the properties of those marriage gardens/banquet halls which were operating without any approval from the state pollution control board and Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC).
NGT gave the directions while hearing the case ‘Neel Choudhary Vs State of M.P. & Ors’. The next hearing is on February 25.
The BMC informed NGT that out of over 100 marriage gardens in Bhopal, around 40 are authorised at present. NGT had instructed that the government should not allow unlicensed/unauthorised marriage gardens to operate in the state and the violators should be penalised.
In 2014, NGT had directed the government to combine draft rules of the petitioner and come up with a guideline for regulating the business activity of marriage gardens.
Notably, according to the order issued by the urban administration on March 29, 2014, the MP government had decided to adopt the municipal corporation, Ujjain by-laws regarding banquet halls till the new guidelines are framed.
Earlier, BMC had also warned the marriage gardens saying that if they fail to submit the required documents for registration, they would be declared illegal and action would be taken against the owners.
According to counsel for the petitioner Vivek Choudhary, the petition was filed in NGT with respect to almost all (around 106) marriage gardens in and around Bhopal, running in violation of the rules, against required permissions from the departments concerned.