In response to a summon issued by the Supreme Court in concern with the huge wastage of food and water at functions, the Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev appeared in the court on December 11, 2018, to inform that the L-G and the Delhi government were actively considering a strategy to cut short the number of guests and limit food at weddings and functions.
A Bench headed by Justice Madan B. Lokur on December 6, 2018, issued summons while monitoring the mushrooming of illegal structures in and around the Capital.
Mr. Dev submitted before the court that “a complete and comprehensive policy will be prepared by the Government of NCT of Delhi and the L-G so that there is no misuse of properties, food, water, etc.”
The Bench taking into consideration reports that stale food was served at these functions, said that the limit on the food served would help save water and prevent wastage of food. It would also ensure that the quality of food is maintained.
Further, the apex court also specifically mentioned that “The policy shall also explore the possibility of issuing a guest control order,” along with ensuring that there is no congestion or traffic problem at these functions.
The Chief Secretary said the policy could be formulated within about six weeks.
“It is stated that the policy shall take into consideration the management of motels and farm houses in and around Delhi,” the Bench noted.
The Bench gave the L-G and the Chief Secretary time till January 31, 2019, to formulate the policy and to ensure its strict implementation in the “larger public interest including the interest of the people of Delhi”.
The Bench has listed the matter for further hearing on February 5, 2019.
Read the order below.