No paan shops will be allowed to operate in Gurgaon without a valid licence. The administration has started surveying for registering and regulating paan shops.
At present, paan and cigarette stalls are mushrooming at an alarming rate in the city. The MCG is not aware of these stalls, which may pose a threat to the safety and security of the residents.
“Through an RTI application, I have asked the MCG about the number of paan stalls that were given permits in the city. Apart from that, I have also asked about the action being taken against those who do not have legal permits,” said Saurabh Sachdeva, an RTI activist.
“I was surprised when I got the reply from the MCG, in which they said that they are conducting a survey of the stalls in the city. It has also not issued any licence for the year 2011-12.
The MCG claimed that they will take action against those stall owners who do not have a valid licence under the vender policy law,” said Sachdeva.
He further said that such irresponsible attitude of MCG could be a bigger threat to the security of the city as criminals from outside can use these stalls for illegal activities. Many stalls are at present being used for illegal commercial activities.
According to a senior police official, “MCG should take action to address this issue, however police is responsible to maintain law and order, but if MCG needs help then certainly we are there.”