Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi government reportedly told the Supreme Court that it is in the process of formulating a policy which limits the ‘vulgar display of food’ at weddings lavish weddings in the national capital.
Appearing before the bench of Justices Madan B Lokur, Deepak Gupta and Hemant Gupta, Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev said that the government “shares the concern” expressed by the Court and a “balance has to be maintained between the requirements of the rich and the poor” living in the city. He added that alternatives are being discussed by the government so that the food availability, as well as the number of guests at such wedding functions, are limited.
A policy, which could be formulated within six weeks, may explore the possibility of issuing a “guest control order” so that properties are not misused and it eases traffic congestion in the national capital. Dev said that there is an “artificial enhanced demand” for “extravagant” weddings in Delhi owing to which the food either goes waste or the caterers use the ‘stale’ food in subsequent weddings, which could lead to serious health issues.
The submission came in response to the 6th December Court’s order which questioned water storage capacity in farmhouses. These farmhouses reportedly have the water storage capacity of one lakh litres while other parts of the city struggle to find drinking water. The Court had also wondered that if the state favoured the rich and the mighty.