Kejriwal govt. revokes closure orders to 400 hotel owners in Karol Bagh
New Delhi, April 23 (Delhi Crown): The Delhi Government has revoked the closure orders of around 400 hotels in Paharganj & Karol Bagh areas by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), thus providing a sigh of relief to the hotel owners.
The DPCC had issued notices to these hotel owners for certain alleged shortcomings, following which Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA from Karol Bagh Vishesh Ravi wrote to Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai requesting him to revoke those notices stating closure of these 400 hotels.
Intervening in the matter, the AAP MLA stated that these hotels were “already struggling” to make ends meet, and more importantly, he added, they employ residents from the area who would be distraught and left unemployed if the closure order came into effect.
“On April 22 a delegation of the affected hotel owners met the Environment Minister pleading their case. The Environment Minister was very accommodating in his approach and ordered immediate revocation of the said notice. Such quick and apt action shows the citizen-centric mindset of Shri Gopal Rai, for which I thank him wholeheartedly,” said the AAP’s Delhi unit in a statement on Saturday.
According to sources, as many as ten hotels had already been sealed by Karol Bagh SDM after the notices were issued.