Setback for food lovers in Chandigarh; MC shuts down Night Food Street

The Hush Post | 8:00 pm | One-minute read |

In a major setback to food lovers, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC) has seized control of the Night Food Street near PGI. The MC authorities have dismantled the kiosks and taken control of the venue. Chandigarh residents, especially the PU students and people visiting PGI, used to throng the food street during the late hours.

The MC revoked its earlier order and pasted an eviction notice at the Night Food Street on Wednesday. Half an hour later, the kiosks were dismantled and the authorities took possession of the food street. The enforcement wing has handed over the emptied space to the MC Junior Engineer.

Shocked at the sudden action, the shopkeepers sought some more time from the officials, but in vain.

The MC had allotted four stalls at the night food street. A meeting of the MC was held on February 15 where it was decided to increase the rent by 10 per cent for the next two years. The contract was also extended by two years.

During the 293rd monthly meet of the MC the extension was granted from March 2019 to February 2021. However, ahead of the 296th meet, the F&CC meet on February 25 scrapped the contract. It was decided that the Night Food Street be re-allotted via e-tendering.

Mayor Rajesh Kalia informed that the allottees had sub-letted their kiosks. The MC had also received several complaints against the vendors who were fleecing the customers, he said.  These were the main reasons for revoking the contracts.

Notably, the Night Food Street was started in 2008 at the behest of the then MP Pawan Kumar Bansal and Mayor Pradeep Chhabra.

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