Jaipur: Masala Chowk that has become one of the most favorite destinations for foodies in Jaipur has landed in legal troubles. A contempt petition was filed against Jaipur Development Commissioner (JDC) and JMC CEO for the opening of Masala Chowk at Ramniwas Bagh. The petitioner alleged that Masala Chowk was developed on a land earmarked for a children’s park and the Rajasthan high court had stayed the use of this land for any other purpose. The petitioner alleged that it was in violations of Rajasthan high court orders.
The petition filed by lawyer Poonam Chand Bhandari demands action against JDC Vaibhav Galeria, JMC CEO Ravi Jain and Ramniwas Bag superintendent Suresh Sharma for the contempt of the court.
“In an order dated February 23, 2004, Rajasthan high court had earmarked this land for the development of park and green area, but violating this order the authorities developed Masala Chowk,” the petition alleges.
The court had banned the authorities from allowing any commercial activities on this land in April, 1994. The land was reserved for developing a rose garden.
The petition may come up for hearing in the first week of April.
Masala Chowk at Ramniwas Bagh has gained popularity among people to the extent that the JDA decided to charge an entry fee of Rs 10
. An open air theater
was also inaugurated by chief minister Vasundhara Raje recently.
First published: March 22, 2018