Indian hotel and restaurant association writes to BMC against food trucks

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The association also said free-standing restaurants such as near train stations should be allowed to stay open all night.

The association said if food trucks were allowed to operate, their business would be badly affected. (Photo for representation: Reuters)

The Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association has written a letter to the commissioner of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) asking to remove the idea of ​​food trucks from the 24/7 nightlife in Mumbai.

The association said if food trucks were allowed to operate, their business would be badly affected. Food trucks will also cause traffic and hygiene problems, he added.

The association also said free-standing restaurants such as near train stations should be allowed to stay open all night.

Association President Shivanand Shetty said, “We are sincerely grateful that we have initiated the nightlife, but it will take some time for people to get started. We also have serious concerns about certain decisions taken. do people come to the restaurant? Attendance will be less. The owner of the restaurant is already paying so much in extra costs. His business will be affected. We believe this is unfair to our industry and it will affect our business more and also deprive us of the benefits as the common man in our industry deals with.

Shetty, in the letter to the commissioner of BMC, added: “The policy would be seen to benefit only certain classes and not the masses in general. existing legal infrastructure available to promote the whole idea behind 24×7. “

“The concept of food trucks was taken from Western countries after careful consideration in terms of infrastructure (sidewalks, sidewalks, road dimensions), safety, health security, etc. However, the following problems will arise if the food truck policy is implemented without consideration or planning, ”he added.

The letter further stated: “There could be traffic and public order problems. A notice of compliance from the police commissioner and traffic department will be required before the policy is developed. The law governing trails and roads must not be broken. encroachment and pedestrian rights and traffic rights must not be violated. “

The RTO authorization for the mark and the MCGM rules on advertising would be applicable and the same should not be violated. The provision of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan would be applicable and the same should not be violated and there may be have a requirement to appoint cleaning commissioners on site Running water should be provided as washing dishes in standing water could be hazardous to public health and it is necessary to provide a drainage line and food waste disposed of in accordance with the law, rules and regulations framed for the use of the gutter pipe, and the use of plastic to serve food would be applicable, ”he added.

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