The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday said that before it passes the order for closing down of the “total unhygienic” Night Food Street in Sector-14, the Adviser to the Chandigarh Administrator should intervene in the matter without delay and take action.
The special division bench comprising Justices Surya Kant and Ajay Tewari directed the Chandigarh municipal commissioner to put up all the status and inspection reports filed in the past by the authorities in the court as well as by the amicus curiae before the UT Adviser for his perusal. The municipal commissioner has been directed to file the status report in the court on the next date of hearing.
After going through the inspection report along with photographs of the site submitted by amicus curiae senior advocate Atul Lakhanpal, the court observed, “This reveal shocking state of affairs. It is difficult to believe that there is any supervision or monitoring of running of the Night Food Street.” The court further added, “If you cannot run it then why don’t you close it?”
The court said that the photographs show garbage lying at the place, unhygienic condition, broken tiles, no effort by the municipal corporation and the contractors to clean the area. Unfortunately, such condition is prevailing for the last four years even when the matter is being monitored by the high court and it seems that the Chandigarh administration and the municipal corporation are reluctant to run the Night Food Street, the court remarked.
However, the court said that at one side the municipal corporation was filing affidavits in the courts showing rosy picture of the site at the same time the amicus curiae had filed several inspection reports along with photographs which reveal the total unhygienic condition at the spot.
The high court had in 2010 taken suo motu notice of the newspaper report about the bad condition of the Night Food Street which was set up for the attendants of the patients admitted in the PGIMER and also for the university or college students who wanted to have food in the night. The court has now adjourned the case for next hearing on August 14.