Connaught Place is the most common yet most loved and preferred place of all the weekend plans for delhietes. Be it a birthday party, get together, date or just friends reunion, the rooftop view of cafes at CP are the best stop to celebrate. But to everyone’s disappointment we have sad news.
The NDMC has sealed rooftop section of 21 restaurants and cafes in CP over the raised concern after building collapse.
The sealed establishments include My Bar Headquarters, Warehouse Cafe in D-block, The Vault Cafe in F-block, Kinbuck-2 and Kitchen Bar in C-block, Lord of the Drinks, Open House Cafe, Jungle Jamboree, Boombox Cafe, Farzi Cafe, House of Commons, Hotel Palace Heights, Office Canteen Bar, Luggage Room, Cafe OMG, Unplugged Courtyard, Barbeque Nation, TC Bar & Restaurant, Teddy Boy Restaurant and The Niche Restaurant, among others, an NDMC official said.
The move comes after part of a building in CP’s C Block collapsed last week, raising concerns about the safety of buildings at one of Delhi’s favourite shopping destinations.
“The open-air restaurants have been running for years without permission. The chief architect’s office had sent showcause notices to these for misuse of premises under sections 250 and 252 of the NDMC Act, 1994. The rooftop sections were sealed on Friday,” a senior official said. He added that the council prohibits use of terrace and balconies in these heritage buildings for commercial activities.
Ajit Ajmani, owner of MyBar Headquarters, said that the NDMC had issued notices to these establishments.
“They asked us not to use the balcony or terrace for commercial activity. After the collapse, , the officials came and sealed the rooftop areas,” Ajmani said.
Last year, the New Delhi Traders Association (NDTA) had written to NDMC chairman Naresh Kumar to cap the number of restaurants on rooftops, citing excess load on heritage structures.