"Putting the valuable lives of citizens at risk"
Veteran actor Dharmendra’s “farm-to-fork” themed restaurant, named He-Man has been sealed due to illegal construction.
The He-Man restaurant was officially opened on February 14, 2020, to mark the occasion of Valentine’s Day.
Dharmendra took to Instagram to announce the news of his new restaurant. He wrote:
“Dear friends, after the success of my restaurant “Garam Dharam Dhaba” now I’m announcing a first ever Farm to Fork restaurant called “He-Man”.
“Friends, I truly appreciate your love, respect and belonging towards me. Love you all … your Dharam.”
The restaurant is situated on the National Highway 44 on the outskirts of Haryana’s Karnal. The franchise was given to Delhi-based businessman Pramod Kumar.
However, due to building law violations and for not furnishing the change of land use (CLU) certificate, officials sealed He-Man.
According to the Municipal Corporation Deputy Commissioner, Nishant Kumar Yadav, the Karnal Municipal Corporation sealed the franchise outlet on Friday, March 6, 2020.
Yadav also mentioned that the action was initiated as the restaurant owner failed to respond to the MC notice.
Reportedly staff and customers were ousted from the restaurant and a notice was hung on the gate.
Alongside the He-Man restaurant, several of Dharmendra’s under-construction buildings have also been sealed.
The closure of He-Man has come less than two weeks after the Central Pollution Control Board informed the National Green Tribunal of eateries operating without legal approval.
According to The Indian Express, the Haryana Home Minister, Anil Vij ordered this matter to be investigated. He said:
“A survey of unauthorised commercial establishments like marriage palaces, banquet halls, paying guest accommodation, lodge and private residential hostels will be conducted across the state.
“If an establishment is found to be violating safety norms and other rules and regulations then such establishments will be closed immediately, or sealed.”
Vij continued to condemn these establishments for operating illegally. He said:
“These establishments are flouting the safety norms of putting the valuable lives of citizens at risk by violating various rules and regulations and thereby causing loss of revenue.
“Therefore, for the purpose of ensuring public safety, the directions for conducting a survey have been given.”
As of yet, Dharmendra has not released a statement regarding the closure of his recently inaugurated restaurant.