CHENNAI: Madras High Court on Friday directed the Joint Commissioner of Police and the Deputy Commissioner of Chennai Corporation to appear before it in connection with a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking closure of restaurants that violate parking and other norms. While passing the direction, the First Bench comprising Chief Justice S K Kaul and Justice M Sathyanarayanan, before whom the petition came up, observed, “It is exasperating to find that every morning we are faced with a spate of PILs only because authorities concerned do not perform the job which they have to do.”
In his petition, S Ragu of Vyasarpadi stated that most restaurants in the city were flouting norms framed to regulate the business. Highlighting that rules, particularly those pertaining to parking space, treatment of waste water and its recycling, were being largely violated, Ragu submitted that according to Madras City Police Act anyone proposing to establish a restaurant should get a licence from the police commissioner to ensure that the restaurant does not create any traffic problem around the area due to lack of parking space. After hearing his submission, the court directed the officials to be present when the matter is heard gain on 30 January 2015.