Hawker menace in Pune: PCB’s toothless campaign against restaurants violating rules is inefficacious
The PCB had served closure notices to 12 prominent restaurants from the Camp area in Feb 2018. No follow up action has been taken against the restaurants till date.pune Updated: Jun 13, 2018 15:11 IST
Nothing much has happened on ground even after Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) made noise against 12 restaurants and 17 commercial establishments in Camp for violating building permission guidelines as well as for using the premises for commercial purposes. The three other establishments – Kayani Bakery, Kwality and Bagban - were closed by the PCB only to be reopened later. Activists term this administrative behaviour of PCB as a reflection of double standards while also establishing the lack of will to take concrete action.
The PCB had served closure notices to 12 prominent restaurants from the Camp area in Feb 2018. No follow up action has been taken against the restaurants till date.
Both the restaurant owners and the activists have been of the view that they are being deliberately targeted by the board administration at the behest of some elected members with vested interests.
The board had initiated prosecution action against 17 establishments, including Bagban restaurant, after a resolution was passed in the general body to take action against them. The establishments were booked under Section 244 (restriction on the use of buildings) of the Cantonments Act, 2006 for violating the lease agreement.
Advocate Netraprakash Bhog said “ The 29 establishments and three other hotels were targeted due to a biased approach of the administration. The establishments have been functioning since long and brought admiration and respect amongst the eyes of the countrymen for the Pune Cantonment ‘s rich culture and vibrancy. After issues the notice, the PCB did not move ahead and kept quiet. All this shows that the PCB did it for cheap publicity and its own benefits,” he said. PCB CEO D N Yadav said that action will be taken after the legal study of each of the case is complete.