No more street food for Delhites?

If you are one of those who love to enjoy the street food, here is a bad news for you. The Delhi government’s notification for vendors has banned cooking on the roadside. Vendors’ associations are planning to meet chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday to register their protest against the scheme for implementation of the Street Vendors Act, 2014.

The policy decision not only imposes a blanket ban on cooking but also has many stringent measures, which vendors claim could lead to bad business for them.

According to government sources, the new scheme was notified on October 13 and civic agencies will have to implement it at the earliest. But corporations said its implementation, especially ban on cooking on roadsides, will not be easy due to acute shortage of manpower. “We do take action against vendors for cooking in the open, but lack of personnel will hinder the operation,” said an official.

Vendors’ associations have challenged the government’s stand and sad that stringent provisions will severely impact the lives of lakhs of vendors as a majority of them sell food.

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