A day after sealing unauthorised eateries inside the Red Fort complex, the Supreme Court Monitoring Committee took similar action against outlets at Purana Qila and Humayun’s Tomb on Saturday.
The committee, known as Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee, mandated to supervise sealing drive also sealed a juice outlet franchisee in front of Delhi Zoo gate and an eatery run in an unauthorised manner on the banks of the lake next to Purana Qila along Mathura Road.
It also demolished an unauthorised eatery near the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) administrative block inside the Purana Qila complex. Committee members, Bhure Lal and K.J. Rao, asked ASI officials to be present at the spot to demolish the structure.
“It is a protected monument. They had raised a platform along with other temporary structures. Moreover, they were running commercial activity,” Bhure Lal said.
Officials from the ASI and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) accompanied the committee entourage.
An HPMC (Himachal Pradesh Horticulture Produce, Marketing and Processing Corporation) outlet in front of Delhi zoo’s gate was sealed too. Rajveer Singh, who runs the outlet, protested, “We pay annual tax to MCD. How can they seal it?”
Senior ASI officials said: “Earlier these were allowed as staff canteens. There are plans afoot for designated public utilities, including cafeterias at all big monuments, specially the World Heritage Sites of Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutb Minar. These are at various stages of completion.”
Till the time, the people would have to remain without any food when visiting the Purana Qila or Red Fort.
The Committee members then went to the World Heritage Site of Humayun’s Tomb, where the eatery, run on the southern side of the main monument, was found closed. The committee members sealed this too after inspection.