Residents in Dwarka are a worried lot nowadays as several eateries have encroached upon the corridors of several markets. Further, vendors have started to cook in the open, thus risking their own life along with those of the pedestrians.
Moreover, cooks working in several sweet shops too have started to prepare food at the ground floors, which are located near the market corridors.
Residents alleged that vendors continuously use big gas burners and boil oil in pans. They claimed that this trend was dangerous and people passing nearby could get hurt.
Recently, an inspection was conducted by the DDA, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and the DJB upon eateries which have encroached on public roads at the Sector 10 market.
However, in open defiance to the rules of SDMC and DDA, cooking has been going on unabated in the corridors of the market. The Sector 12 market too is facing the same scenario.
“It’s unsafe to use gas cylinders and stoves in the open areas. The local police, SDMC officials and councilors are not taking concrete steps to stop such activities. It’s really surprising that the law makers are supporting the law breakers,” said SN Singh, a resident of Sector 10.
A DDA official spoke to City Spidey on the condition of anonymity. He said, “No one is authorised to cook at the ground floor in the markets and that too in the open. This can even lead to a fire. Recently, a small accident had taken place at a Sector 10 eatery.”
Residents blamed the SDMC, DDA and the Delhi Government for this situation. They further said that this sort of practice must be stopped immediately.