Dhabas must come clean. Or get decertified

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Illustration: Naorem Ashish
Illustration: Naorem Ashish

PUNJAB’S ROADSIDE dhabas have become more hygienic following a drive by the Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board. According to its marketing manager, Razit Bhandari, the board has tied up with hospitality institutes such as the Chitkara Institute of Hospitality (CIH), Chandigarh, and the Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (CIHM). Once the training is complete, the board assesses the dhabas and issues them certificates.

The project kicked off with three dhabas on the Chandigarh- Ludhiana highway, and nine more are to be assessed later this month. Training usually takes three to four sessions. “Initially the dhaba operators were not very forthcoming, but they soon saw merit in the project — simple things like wearing shoes, keeping their nails short and keeping the food covered,” says Ramnish Jassal, assistant professor at CIHM. The institute trained workers at two dhabas, one on the Ambala-Rajpura highway and the other on the Patiala-Rajpura highway.

Vishal Kalia, senior lecturer, is sure more dhabas will join the drive as business improves.

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