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Delhi High Court Takes Suo Moto Cognizance Of Fire At Nehru Place Market, Directs Authorities To Ensure No Hawking & Vending Policy

Taking suo moto cognizance of an incident of fire reported in a building at Nehru Place, District Commercial Centre, the Delhi High Court directed the Delhi Police and the South Delhi Municipal Corporation to ensure no hawking and vending policy on a daily basis. Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Jasmeet Singh also directed SDMC, Delhi Police and Delhi Development Authority to hold a joint meeting and file status reports with regard to the implementation of the no-hawking no-vending policy by August 24, the next date of hearing. “The status report should disclose the particulars of all such agencies employed and should also disclose as to which of the authorities, namely DDA or SDMC is getting the work done.” added the Bench. The Court thus went on to say that the SHO, PS Kalkaji and the Executive Engineer concerned of the SDMC shall be personally responsible to ensure compliance of their direction, and failure to do so on their part shall invite strict action against them by the Court.

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