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Ban on meets at Haryana Bhawan

Guwahati, Dec. 3: Gauhati High Court today prohibited all functions at Haryana Bhawan hall at Narayan Nagar here, following public complaints.

Based on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by the residents of the area, the court of Justice Tinlianthang Vaiphei and Justice Manash Ranjan Pathak today asked the Kamrup (metro) district administration and GMC to make sure that no functions were allowed at the Bhawan hall, managed by a trust, till its trade licence was renewed.

A doctor couple, Bishnu Prasad Das and Jyoti Bhuyan and six other had filed the PIL in September complaining that they were severely affected by the indiscriminate use of loud speakers, fireworks, littering of the road side and haphazard parking of cars in public places close to the Bhawan.

They complained that the Bhawan did not possess necessary documents like trade licence and no-objection certificates (NOC) from traffic police and the Pollution Control Board. “During hearing, it came to light that the hall had not renewed its trade licence since last year which stipulates the norms for use of loud speakers, cleanliness and parking space. So the bench asked the district administration and the GMC to ensure that no function is organised at Haryana Bhawan,” the petitioner’s lawyer Bhaskar Dev Konwar said.

Every month, Harayana Bhawan allows bookings for at least 10 functions, including marriage, religious functions and meetings.

The residents, however, complained that those hosting parties in the hall often create nuisance. “They often burst crackers, use loud speakers till late at night and drink openly on the roads blocking traffic. My children cannot study because of the nuisance. So, we decided to move the court and other residents joined us,” Jyoti Bhuyan, an associate professor of the Regional Institute of Ophthalmology of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital and a resident, told The Telegraph.

Her husband, Bishnu Prasad Das, an associate professor of Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Medical College at Barpeta, said they moved the court after the trust managing Harayana Bhawan did not pay any heed to their complaints.

“We had even requested them to incorporate sound proof system to ensure that people are not disturbed. But they did not listen,” Das, 51, said. The doctor couple live about 20m from the Bhawan.

Konwar said there are 47 marriage halls within the GMC area and many of them violate norms.