In order to expedite the process of providing health trade licences, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has decided to reduce the number of requisite documents. However, the corporation has decided to not ask for certificates on fire safety and structural stability.
Health trade licences, issued by the corporations, grant permission to trade in particular items and services that have a direct effect on public health. By granting such a licence, the corporation guarantees that the establishments comply with hygiene and security standards.
Stating that the process is on the lines of “ease of doing business as envisaged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” SDMC Standing Committee chairman Shailendra Singh said traders have had a long-standing demand that the licensing process be simplified.
“While taking the process online does make things easier, it was still a lengthy procedure that took approximately 60 days,” said Singh. While as many as 20 documents were needed earlier, the licensing process will now seek only three basic proofs — identity, ownership of the area and the layout plan.
Structural stability certificates, water testing reports from authorised labs, electricity and water bills, NOC from the fire department, letter from the Delhi Police (in case of swimming pools, cinema halls and guest houses), medical fitness certificates and typhoid vaccination certificate of workers are no longer needed.
Officials said the process went online Friday. The corporation will only depend on self-attested declarations/affidavits from those seeking health trade licences. The licence is essential for running restaurants, hotels, gyms, swimming pools, banquets, clubs and other such places.
The Congress marked its dissent as the order was passed with Leader of Opposition Farhad Suri stating that while licensing should be made easy, the corporation should not let go of the checks and balances that are in place.
“The corporation’s job is that of regulation. As such, essential documents and clearances should not be ignored,” he said.