5 December 2022

Dehradun : Following the Ankita Bhandari murder case, action has been taken against 27 cafes, hotels, and guest houses in Dehradun in the last 10 days, triggering protests from owners. Caners on Rajpur road and Old Mussoorie road claimed the action was ” discriminatory “. Officials however denied these claims and said only establishments where actual structures differ from the maps submitted are facing action.

Samiksha Tanwar, owner of ” The Smoke House ‘ food truck near Sai temple, which was shut down last week, said, ” The grounds on which they ( authorities ) claimed violations were never mentioned when I opened this place. There is more than enough space outside the food truck for people to sit and park their vehicles. Establishments next to ours have encroached on the sidewalk and left no space for parking and yet, no action has been taken against them. “

admin action on them ' arbitrary '
admin action on them ‘ arbitrary ‘

Some establishments owners alleged that approval of new plans at the Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority ( MDDA ) will now take weeks and the recent crackdown has dampened business amid the festive season.

Sanjiv Vali, the owner of 8 Momoz, another popular eatery in the Rajpur area that was closed, said the action was never taken against any food joint earlier and that the drive started now has ” political implications”. ” Every small business owner cannot make parking. That is what public parking is for. We are not responsible for traffic jams, those parking illegally are, ” he said. Meanwhile, officials maintained that action is being taken only against genuine violations.

” Not having parking or fire NOC is against the norms. Some of these establishments are running structures that differ from approved maps. Some have encroached on public land. That is why action is being taken against them, ” said Sanjeevan Soon, spokesperson, of MDDA.

Officials added ‘ there’s no discrimination. ‘ Teams of police, administration, forest department, MDDA, and Nagar Nigam are doing joint inspections, they said.

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