Reference: Smell from a Restaurant in DDA Residential Flats.
Please recall the telephone call from Janak Puri Police Station on 29th May, 2016 at 4:18 PM after my call at 100 at 3:16 PM on 29th May, 2016.
I stay in Block C2B of Janak Puri. From 24th May onwards there is a smell of rotten food and exhaust fumes in our Balcony and thence in our House. Smell intensity is variable. I did a little investigation of my own. This smell is because of the vapours or air that is expelled from the rear of a Restaurant that has started to operate from about 22nd May, 2016 from Flat No. 85A of the same Block C2B. The Restaurant is called 'Wah Ji Wah' and you can view their Board from the Main Road. The exhaust of this Restaurant is towards the staircase side of the flat. This staircase side or the side from where they are expelling fumes is in the "inside" of the Block. The fumes are expelled "inside" of the Block. The fumes are expelled in to an inner lane, and then from the inner lane they travel up to an inner road, and from that inner road these fumes travel up to our Flat. The horizontal distance in a straight line (as the bird flies) from this Flat to our Flat is less than 30 metres.
These vapours are a health hazard. This smell is an inconvenience and an infringement to our right to life with dignity. The Delhi Police must get this Restaurant closed. Our health is affected, our life is affected.
The Delhi Police may recall that in 2011-12 also the problem of vapours and smell had started from Flats nearby this particular Flat (in the same line) and I had written to you as well as the MCD. The problem has started again. If the MCD has allowed, then you should actually arrest the MCD people also. They did not take my consent when opening this Restaurant. I stay in close vicinity. There is some loose talk about restaurants being allowed in Roads of a particular width. That talk is bogus. Yes, it is bogus. "Provision" does not mean that "it must happen". ‘Provision' only implies 'a possibility' 'if and only if' 'nothing else' is being violated and then too only if the residents allow. The MCD did not take the residents into confidence before allowing this. They did not seek the residents' permission. They did not seek my permission. I have an objection. My objection is not necessarily to the fact that they did not seek my permission. When the Flats were purchased by the residents then there was no such rider that 'one day in the future illegal commercial activities will be allowed by the MCD here'. DDA (Delhi Development Authority) itself should object to the MCD's ways. Strange. I have an objection to this Restaurant. Get this Restaurant closed, that's it. It is a health hazard, it is an infringement on our simple lives, it is an inconvenience.