Bhubaneswar: In view of traffic congestion on main roads due to unauthorised parking, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) cautioned the roadside food outlets under its periphery with strict regulations.
The civic body authority directed the food outlets running their business on the roadside to keep space for parking of vehicles.
Issuing new norms for the roadside food outlets, the BMC stated, “A great number of food outlets are doing their business on the roadside without having sufficient parking facility and sanitation protocols. Their customers are used to park their vehicles on
the road and eat there causing heavy sanitation hazards and traffic congestion, which is posing problem for the local people and for the commuters.”
All the vendors of all roadside food outlets and their vendor’s associations are hereby directed to abide by following conditions:
- No food outlet should be on the road, footpath and over drains.
- Food outlets having no sufficient parking space for vehicles of customers should not serve food items on the spot. They should opt for Take-home food or online delivery of their food items only.
- The food out lets having required parking space have to follow the sanitation protocols of BMC and keep twin dustbins in their shops, store garbage in segregated way and handover to door to door collection vehicle, clean 5 meters radius of their outlet by themselves.
- The food outlet workers are to wear clean dress and good attire, such as, Head Cap, Clean Apron, Hand Gloves and Face Mask etc. and serve the food in hygienic manner.
- The food outlet has to obey and ensure all principles of food safety.
- No food outlet is allowed to do business in locations designated as “No Vending Zone” by BMC.
Any deviation to these instructions will be viewed seriously and BMC will take all measures to impose fine and close the shop with cancellation of trade license and seizer of the vehicles illegally parked on the road for such, the BMC warned.