Rawalpindi: The city district administration has issued notices to as many as 7,000 marriage halls and marquees built on roads frequented by heavy traffic, a news source reported. The civil defence department has been tasked to launch a crackdown against all illegal marriage halls and marquees.
Violators could face fines of up to PKR 15,000. The department has also been granted powers by the deputy commissioner to completely seal all illegal marriage halls and marquees in the city.
According to a new set of rules, construction of marriage halls and marquees on all main roads have been banned as the structures must have a minimum area of 500 square feet. Owners of the existing structures have been told remove their entrance from the main road.
The owners and managers have also been directed to maintain 100% cleanliness and hygiene, ensure availability of functioning fire extinguishers and emergency exits, and install three to four clearly marked emergency exits.