The Haryana Human Rights Commission has issued a notice to Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon over 61 illegal banquet halls and party lawns in Gurgaon, which were constructed without the approval of their building plans.
These venues have not followed basic safety measures like fire exits and are ill-equipped to deal with emergency situations. There are 63 banquet halls, marriage halls and party lawns in the city. The notice was issued following a complaint by Harinder Dhingra, an RTI activist.
“Information received through RTI reveals that banquet halls were constructed without approval of their building plans and they have violated all safety norms. But no action has been taken against them till date. So I filed a complaint with the human right commission as lives are at risk,” Dhingra told City Spidey.
Most of the banquet halls are situated on busy roads and are operating without the requisite approval. Dhingra said that running banquet halls illegally could attract strict action under the Haryana Municipal Corporation Act 1994. Most of these halls are located on Old Delhi road, Sheetla Mata road, Sohna Road, Pataudi Road, Badshahpur, Daulatabad and Rajendra Park.
The complainant also pointed out that these illegal banquet halls in Gurgaon are not paying any tax to the government. The government had come out with a regularisation plan under which owners of these illegal banquet/marriage halls/houses had to make way for fire tenders, take precautionary measures for any fire incident and pay a one-time regularisation fee of Rs 3000 per square metre.
Confirming that banquets halls were running without license and approval, a senior official of the civic body's planning wing said that notices would be sent to such properties.
Meanwhile, residents who have already made booking for the coming months are tense over the issue as they would have to change the venue on urgent basis. Tamanna Gahlot, a resident of South City I, who has booked a party lawn on Sheetla Mata Road for November, said, “I am really worried as it would be so tough for us to find a new place in such a short duration. We have made the advance payment too.”