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Farmhouses face threat of sealing

delhi Updated: May 24, 2011 00:06 IST
Subhendu Ray

In the middle of the wedding season, a number of farmhouses in Delhi — that are popular venues for hosting parties — are about to be sealed.

Delhi traffic police, with the consent of the state government, wants to seal farmhouses and motels that violate guidelines and cause inconvenience to motorists during wedding functions and other social gatherings.

According to guidelines, every farmhouse or motel rented out for a wedding ceremony or other social occasions, has to be built on at least 2.5 acres of land, of which minimum one acre is to be kept for parking vehicles.

Besides, these places have to be connected with the main road through a 60 ft approach road. No vehicle is allowed to be parked on the road, during any occasion.

“This year, we have identified 12 farmhouses and nine motels which violated conditions laid down in licences to hold social functions. We have sent the list to the commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), asking to either seal them or take immediate legal action against them,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

Many farmhouses, owners of which rent them out for organising weddings or other social functions, without permission or no objection certificate of Delhi traffic police, have been identified.

A number of them were identified for parking vehicles on main or service roads, causing obstruction in traffic movement.

Nine of them are situated in the western range, while three are in the southern range, said the traffic police.

A list of nine motels indicated that all of them violated norms by parking vehicles on main road/service road, causing obstruction to traffic.

Of them, four are from western range and five from southern range.

“We have requested the additional commissioner of police (licencing) to cancel licences of these farmhouses and motels,” said a traffic police officer.

Garg said the traffic department would deploy additional forces near farmhouses and motels during marriage seasons to keep an eye on them and zero in on violators.

“Traffic police, armed with video and still digital cameras, will be posted to take video footage and still images of the location where violations take place,” he added.