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Delhi's hookah bars don't promote tobacco use: Owners tell NGT

The matter will now be taken up on December 12

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Restaurants and bars in the city, which permit smoking, have told the Green Tribunal that they do not support the use of of any kind within their premises.

The restaurants and bars, in pursuance to the notices issued to them, informed a bench headed by Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar that they were not using any material in

The green panel took exception over non-appearance of 13 restaurants and bars in the city despite notices being served to them.

"We issue bailable warrants against the proprietors/partners of the respondents (who failed to appear) for their production on the next date of hearing," the bench said.

The tribunal asked the authorities to strictly regulate these restaurants and bars and warned that it would order their closure in case of any environmental pollution.

The matter will now be taken up on December 12.

The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by Manjinder Singh Sirsa, a from Rajouri Garden, seeking an immediate ban on bars in the capital.

The had on October 9 issued notices and sought replies of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the city government, the Pollution Control Committee and various bar owners.

Sirsa had contended that the ambient air quality standards in public places such as restaurants and bars were dangerously higher than the prescribed norms.

Referring to the Prohibition of in Public Places Rules, 2008, the plea said these rules were being openly flouted by various restaurants and bars in wherein hookah, with products, was being permitted to be smoked in open spaces without designation of any part of the premises as a area.

"We direct the MoEF to issue directions under Section 5 of the Environment Protection Act, 1986 against such persons or entities who have been polluting the indoor ambient air in restaurants and bars and such other public places in by selling or permitting in its premises," the plea had said.

Sirsa had earlier alleged that bars were "ruining" the youth of by turning them into "drug addicts".

"Despite the launch of a campaign in the country to contain the use of and ban bars, most bars in are running on restaurant licences illegally and selling products that are harmful to the youth," he had earlier said.

First Published: Sun, December 03 2017. 18:47 IST
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