JNU canteens and dhabas evicted; VC issues notice

The university hasn't yet taken any legal action against the proprietors yet

PTIUpdated: Thursday, July 07, 2022, 07:34 PM IST
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New Delhi: After serving eviction warnings to multiple dhabas and canteens on campus, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Vice-Chancellor Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit stated that the administration was not opposed to the establishments' presence, but they must abide by the laws and pay their expenses.

She said that the proprietors of these businesses functioning on campus are "illegal occupants" who have not made rent or utility payments in years. She claimed that the university was willing to let them pay their debt in instalments.

"Our main goal is legalisation. You pay the rent and the electricity bill, is what we're trying to communicate. They refuse to make any payments. They favour free everything "VC of Jawaharlal Nehru University spoke to media on Wednesday.

Several canteen and dhaba owners on campus received eviction letters from the university last month, telling them to pay the rent by June 27 and vacate the property by June 30. The university hasn't yet taken any legal action against the proprietors yet.

Pandit has also voiced worries about the lack of transparency surrounding the ownership of these dhabas and the kinds of staff members who work there. She emphasised that none of the proprietors of canteens and dhabas who received notifications had followed the correct allotment procedure.

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