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Shut banquet halls that flout norms during wedding season: Meerut commissioner tells Gzb authorities

Divisional commissioner Dr Prabhat Kumar rolls out guidelines for owners of farmhouse, banquet halls and gardens, and those who book these premises for weddings and other events. No celebratory fire or loud music; roadside parking and bursting firecrackers also banned

noida Updated: Oct 08, 2017 23:59 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Traffic jams along NH-24, Link Road and Sahibabad industrial area, where there are many banquet halls and farmhouses, are a permanent feature. (HT Photo)

Ghaziabad: Ahead of the wedding season, Meerut divisional commissioner has rolled out guidelines for farmhouse owners and for those who book the premises for weddings and other events.

Divisional commissioner Dr Prabhat Kumar said farmhouse owners will have to ensure space for parking, bursting crackers is set inside the premises. Wedding processions should also be carried out inside the premises, else farmhouse owners will be held responsible and the farmhouses would be sealed, he said.

“There should be no celebratory firing and no one should be allowed to play loud music after 10pm. The farmhouses running illegal should be sealed. Farmhouse owners should take an undertaking from those hiring the premises that they will comply with conditions else their bookings will be cancelled,” the commissioner said in a statement.

Dr Kumar has also instructed the police and the zone administration authorities, comprising Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar districts, to make deploy enough police and traffic personnel so normal traffic is not affected.

“Such processions create traffic jams and cause inconvenience to other commuters. We will ensure strict compliance of these directions,” Ghaziabad district magistrate Ritu Maheshwari said.

So far, the Ghaziabad development authority has sealed 43 farmhouses that violated norms.

The action comes in wake of a petition filed by environmentalist Sushil Raghav and Akash Vashistha who moved the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and demanded closure of party halls/banquet halls and farmhouses running despite not adhering to norms; they also demanded penal action against officials who have failed to act.

Ghaziabad has scores of farmhouses alongside NH-24, Link Road, Sahibabad industrial area and other residential areas. In the wedding season, loud music and traffic snarls from these places become a source daily nuisance for commuters and residents.

“There is hardly any rule enforcement for the farmhouses as visitors park their vehicles on roadsides and causes huge traffic jams. The playing of music and bursting of fireworks on road is also routine. The directions should be enforced strictly and illegal farmhouses should be sealed before the wedding season,” Vashishtha said.

First Published: Oct 08, 2017 23:59 IST