Residents to move court against liquor vends on green belt
Fed up with the authorities’ “inaction” over the mushrooming liquor vends and Ahatas (drinking places attached with vends) on green belts in the city, residents have decided to move court to check the menace.
Nisha Singh, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) councillor from Ward 30, said she will file a petition on residents’ behalf because the administrative mechanism has failed in solving their problems.
“After failing to find a way forward through available administrative mechanisms, we have decided to move court in the next few days. The draft of the petition is being finalised,” Singh said.
According to available data, about 60 liquor vends are running on green belts across Gurgaon.
Residents have been up in arms against such vends as well as against those within the restricted 150-metre radius of educational institutions, religious sites and hospitals. But, various government departments seem to be passing the buck on each other.
According to MCG commissioner Sudhir Rajpal, it is the job of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) to maintain city’s green belts.
Asked whether the MCG will raise objection on the issue, he said, “Even if we raise an objection, the allotments given by the excise department will prevail and vends will not go.”
According to the Haryana Municipal Act, the state government may or may not approve a resolution passed by the MCG.
Anurag Rastogi, commissioner, excise and taxation department that allots liquor vends, put the ball in the court of MCG, saying, “We have nothing to do with the issue. We do not allot them places.”
While the newly-appointed administrator of Huda, Praveen Kumar, removed few such vends during his anti-encroachment drive, residents believe that many would resurface after the fresh allotment of liquor vends and Ahatas scheduled to be announced on April 9.
Kumar couldn’t be reached for comment.