Nagpur: The Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan has, exercising the clause 108 ‘A’ of NIT Act, has stayed the demolition of the eateries and food kiosks at Futala Lake till a final agreement is reached which does not harm the interest of the owners of the eateries, informed one of the owners of the food kiosks to Nagpur Today. He added that the stay was obtained on September 5, 2014. Only 16 food kiosks or eateries have taken the stay against the demolition. Any authority can take any action against the food kiosks.
The shops which have not taken any stay include Dominos Pizza Corner, Babbu’s Biryani and First Lounge Restaurant. Tauby’s Bakery was already demolished.
The President of the Shopkeepers Association added that a meeting was tentatively scheduled on September 19, 2014 where the shopkeepers and the NIT authorities will sit before the CM and come to an amicable agreement.
Former Chairman of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) Praveen Darade had cancelled the contract of Shailendra Mehta of Sell Ads who was awarded the contract of beautifying the Futala Lake premises and to run eateries on the eastern side of the lake. However, Shailendra Mehta of Sell Ads broke some of the clauses and sub-leased the place meant to set-up eateries to other private parties. He had failed to even beautify the premises as agreed by him.
Shailendra Mehta had failed to provide proper places and facilities and had on his own free will rent-out space meant to be utilized for parking and sitting.
Many such violations of the contract led the Former Chairman of NIT to cancel the agreement negotiated with Sell Ads. However, with the cancellation of the contract to Sell Ads, the contract of the eateries (who were sub-leased by Shailendra Mehta) too stood cancelled. Therefore, the Former Chairman of NIT had ordered the demolition of all the eateries at Futala Lake.
The owners of various eateries at Futala Lake had approached all concerned authorities to stay the demolition. However, even the High Court refused to entertain their plea.