The BMC recently announced the launch of food stalls at key points of the city as part of the state’s ambitious Mumbai 24x7 plan. However, it seems like this move is not going down well with everyone. 

A delegation of the Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association (AHAR) is said to have met with BMC officials to raise concerns over the proposed food trucks in the city. Restaurant owners believe that the food trucks will eat into their businesses. Additionally, hoteliers are concerned that this may encourage hawkers and the addition of more illegal establishments.

AHAR Vice-President Niranjan Shetty said: “The policy allows seating arrangements, which is unacceptable. As hoteliers today, we have to follow various norms, from licences (sic) to fire safety, and ensure permission is taken from all departments. We spend huge amounts to ensure hygiene and the safety of customers. No such permission will be required in the case of food trucks.” He also mentioned that since the number of customers walking into establishments is already running low, this move could worsen the situation further.

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However, the officials have maintained that rules will be applied to ensure the smooth and effective functioning of the food stalls. For example, each food truck can have up to four folding tables that can seat 16 people. As for the pavements, the BMC has specified that food trucks can only use 40% of it while the rest will be reserved for pedestrians. 

Initially, one area will only have five food trucks with a distance of 20 meters between each truck. The BMC clarified that these trucks can only operate between 11 PM - 6 AM each day, adding that they must clear the area by 6:15 AM. Maintenance of general hygiene is also a priority for the authorities and there are expected to be penalties for those not adhering to proper waste management rules.

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