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Farmhouse functions: HC seeks answers


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As reported at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 27 May 2009

 

NEW DELHI: Irked with the violations of its guidelines on holding of functions in city farmhouses, the Delhi HC has decided to crack the whip. It has issued contempt notices against chiefs of MCD, DDA and Delhi Police, demanding an explanation.

 

Justice Manmohan has asked for an explanation from these departments on why they shouldn't be hauled up for not checking marriage functions at farmhouses that take place in defiance of the guidelines.

 

HC acted on a plea filed by Bhrashtachar Virodhi Sangathan. The petitioners alleged that there has been "deliberate and wilful disobedience'' of HC's orders. "Despite orders that farmhouses should be located at a distance of 60 feet from the main road, the civic agencies have allowed weddings to be held at venues that have not only flouted this rule but have even been on roads located at a dead end,'' the petitioners claimed.

 

In November 2007, following a direction from the court, MCD had issued guidelines asking all farm houses to make the public roads free for traffic movement. Farm house owners were asked to have sufficient space for parking of vehicles belonging to guests within the premise. According to the guidelines, for marriage and other social/cultural functions, the use of public address system was banned after 10pm besides the restriction on use of noisy generator for power. The farmhouse owners were asked not to book the property for more than 120 times in an year.

 

Alleging further violation, the petitioners complained through advocate Manjit Singh Ahluwalia that the MCD has not come clear on how many farmhouses are paying it the fee to get permission for holding functions. While the MCD, in response to an RTI plea gave a figure, the petitioners claim there are many farmhouses that have altered a part of their farmhouse into a motel and are holding functions in the garb of it being a motel.

 

Source: Farmhouse functions: HC seeks answers - Delhi - Cities - The Times of India

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In recent reply to me through an RTI The MCD Najafgarh zone given GLARIING AN EYE OPENING REPLY.

The farm house policy just an eye wash.

a breif below :

Q No. 8. Have MCD-Najafgarh constituted committee as referred under para 5. If so please provide copies of minutes and list of meeting for approval of applications.fficeffice"

Answer : At present no committe and the applicant is required to obtain NOC from all relevant depart at his own level.

There is no Committee set as desired by notification No. No.D/1257/EE(B)HQ/2007 30/10/2007 which read as

Hon’ble High Court of Delhi vide its order dated 10.10.07 in W.P.C. No. 14261/2004 in the matter of Bharashtachar Virodhi Sangthan V/s Lt. Governor and others has disposed the said matter with the observations that they are satisfied by the guidelines proposed by Government of NCT of Delhi for permitting use of farmhouses for organizing social functions. In view of the said court orders the guidelines issued by Government of NCT of Delhi is to be Strictly followed while permitting social functions in farmhouses. A copy of the Hon’ble High Court order along with the guidelines as placed before the court is enclosed herewith.

This is the Section 5 of the Policy read as .

“5.A committee under the Chairmanship of the Zonal Dy. Commissioner, with the Asstt. Commissioner of Traffic Police, ACP (Sub-Division), Divisional fire Officer, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, and a representative of DDA in case of DDA Area Land, would scrutinize such applications.”

This solved all mystery. The Farmhouse use policy notified by MCD after submitting to Hon court now the MCD NAJAFGARH BUILDING Department CONFIRMS the CONTEMPT of COURT?. The Policy is just on paper CERTIFIED NOW.

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