Hauz Khas Vil­lage a tick­ing time bomb, says High Court

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NEW DELHI: The Hauz Khas Vil­lage in south Delhi is "a tick­ing time bomb", the Delhi High Court has said.

It also ob­served that nei­ther the gov­ern­ment agen­cies, nor the restau­rant own­ers of the area have re­sponded to its queries on safety and other is­sues.

A bench headed by Act­ing Chief Jus­tice Gita Mit­tal warned the as­so­ci­a­tions of restau­rants own­ers that they will not be al­lowed es­cape civil and crim­i­nal li­a­bil­ity in case any un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent takes place, as there was vir­tu­ally no space for emer­gency ve­hi­cles to en­ter the area.

The bench which also com­prised Jus­tice C Hari Shankar was wor­ried about how the South Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion, Delhi Police, Delhi Fire Ser­vices and other agen­cies, had al­lowed com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of the vil­lage which had led to pub­lic nui­sance and health haz­ards.

"The re­ports of Delhi Police, Delhi Fire Ser­vice, SDMC and the Delhi Jal Board il­lus­trate that the Hauz Khas vil­lage is a tick­ing time bomb with­out es­sen­tial civic and emer­gency ser­vices.

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