SDMC proposes ban on open display of raw or cooked non-veg food


meat shopAll meat selling shops in South Delhi may soon have to shelve tikkas, kababs or uncooked meat displayed right outside their stalls as South Delhi Municipal Corporation has proposed a ban on ‘open display’ citing “hygiene and sentiments of people” as the main reasons behind this move.

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) is ruled by the BJP and the proposal has started to draw flaks from political parties, medical associations and restaurant owners. As per reports, leader of SDMC House Shikha Rai cited “hygiene and sentiments of people affected by the sight” of meat being the main reasons behind the move.

“It was a private member resolution originally moved by a councillor from Kakrola village in Najafgarh Zone in the Health Committee meeting. The committee then moved it to the SDMC House, which then approved it,” a spokesperson of the SDMC said.

For most non-veg food lovers, South Delhi is a favourite place for tikkas, kababs with many eateries selling meat delicacies in areas like Hauz Khas, New Friends’ Colony, Kamal Cinema in Safdarjung Green Park, Amar Colony Market near Lajpat Nagar. Display of kebabs and shawarma is a common sight at eating joints in various parts of Delhi.

 A restaurant owner in south Delhi’s Amar Colony area, on the condition of anonymity, said that the move was “appropriate from hygiene perspective”, but the civic body should “offer a solution” to these eateries and tell them how should it be displayed properly, instead of just proposing a ban.