<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major crackdown on eateries and bars in the upscale Hauz Khas Village in south Delhi, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) on Saturday sealed 22 such outlets for violating environmental norms.According to the Delhi government officials, the notices for closure were issued to these establishments four months ago but despite that they continued to function, following which the decision to seal them was taken. Most of these outlets are ‘take-away’ joints, with no provision to sit and eat.The sealed outlets include popular restaurants such as the Food Factory by Lalit, The Big Burp, Chaayos, The Bombay Velwet, and The New York Slice.”Most of these outlets did not have the consent to operate (CTO) or even the consent to establish (CTE), which are mandatory for eateries operating in the city. They didn’t have clearances from fire, police, civic, health, and environment departments,” said R M Shingare, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Hauz Khas.These clearances, the SDM said, were required to ensure that there was no water or air pollution. The approaching winter also prompted the sealing action, as the air quality severely deteriorates.The sealing action was conducted under Section 33 A of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, and Section 31A of the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.Meanwhile, the owners of the sealed eateries claimed that they were not served any prior notices.Down memory laneThe shops closed popular names like the Food Factory and The Bombay VelwetOfficials said the shops ignored notices issued to them four months ago

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22 HKV eateries sealed for flouting green norms