The Punjab and Haryana high court gave a month's time to the municipal corporation to take steps to improve functioning of the lone night food street (NFS) outside Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER).
The high court order came following submissions from the amicus curiae (law officer assisting court), Atul Lakhanpal presenting a grim picture of NFS and pointing out that he made several trips to the location and found the place in a 'bad' state.
Lakhanpal also advocated for installation of more CCTVs, and better lighting through the night and deployment of more police personnel.
Lakhanpal also told the HC that there was a water logging problem, toilets were found stinking and talked of instances of policemen themselves drinking liquor while on duty.
The HC was appalled on submissions that whenever a visit was made without any prior information, the NFS was found in a poor state.
"If the place has not been cleaned even with five years of high court monitoring, what else needs to be done?" the HC bench observed during the hearing.
The HC assured the court that all possible steps were being taken to improve the situation at NFS and officers were making sincere efforts. The MC also told HC that due to space constraint, the NFS could not be expanded and also opposed the idea of making the place functional 24 hours a day.
Later, HC gave one month time to fix the problems at NFS and also asked Lakhanpal to undertake joint-inspections of NFS with one of UT's counsel, Shekhar Verma, who defended the measures being taken by court and stated that whenever, he made a visit, he did not find any problem there.