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SDMC’s non-vegetarian idea hard to swallow, say eateries

“You can’t open a restaurant for shawarma. It has to be a stall... if the rule is passed, the employees will lose their jobs — they will suffer the most," said an eatery manager.

Written by Somya Lakhani | New Delhi | Updated: December 30, 2017 11:51 am
Non vegetarian food, Delhi non vegetarian food, Delhi non veg food in shops, SDMC, Delhi News, Indian Express For Raju, who was preparing mutton seekh kebab at a tiny shop, it’s a question of livelihood. “I have prepared seekh kebabs all my life; if they shut such businesses, where will I go?”

In one corner, fish tikka crackled, as chicken legs on skewers hung around, while in another shop, aloo tikki sizzled on a pan. In Amar Colony on Friday evening, non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes gave each other company, as they have for many years now. From those gorging on Delhi’s ubiquitous street food to those preparing it, most seemed oblivious to South Delhi Municipal Corporation’s latest proposal regarding “prohibition on displaying of non-vegetarian food items/materials publicly by restaurant owners”.

The reasons stated by the proposal are “danger of contamination to non-vegetarian food item” and the possibility of the non-vegetarian food “hurting the sentiments of vegetarian public”.

When told about this, 35-year-old Arvind, manning the counter at Tunday Kababi, said, “Even vegetarian food can be contaminated… if this is made a rule, even vegetarian food stalls shouldn’t be allowed to exist.”

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Most evenings are busy in the lane, with more than 10 establishments serving a variety of non-vegetarian fair. “We have a glass that protects the chicken skewers; it’s covered from three sides. Many people take such precautions. We can’t afford big indoors. This move will end businesses for a lot of small establishments that are famous in Delhi,” said an employee of Hunger Strike in Amar Colony. For Raju, who was preparing mutton seekh kebab at a tiny shop, it’s a question of livelihood. “I have prepared seekh kebabs all my life; if they shut such businesses, where will I go?”

At 34 Chowringhee Lane, known for its rolls, manager Neeraj laughed at the proposal, and said, “Space constraint is a reason why a lot of people prepare food on the road… it is also something Delhi is known for. How can they finish this off? So many people will lose jobs.” Kilometres away in Defence Colony is Suhani’s Shawarma Roll. Rajkumar, 35, who mans it, said, “You can’t open a restaurant for shawarma. It has to be a stall… if the rule is passed, the employees will lose their jobs — they will suffer the most.”

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  1. Damodar Das HK
    Dec 30, 2017 at 3:32 pm
    The billboards depicting non-vegetarian are ugly. Swatch Bharat is mandatory. By common sense eyes want to see pleasant sights. Similarly ears want to hear pleasant sounds. There cannot be 100 perfection but advanced civilization means will try as best as possible for perfection. So these laws are welcome to all gentlemen and ladies. Atleast on the public streets let us try to be graceful. This law is for decency, decorum, cleanliness. Who will disagree if one is really interested for a good nation? It is a welcome endeavor. Better late than never. Cheers.
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    1. Srinivas Prasad K
      Dec 30, 2017 at 12:19 pm
      This action, though limited to south Delhi, is a bigger death knell for small vendors than de-mone-tisation exercise. It would force owners of small eateries to reorient their s strategies. But, overall a bit unfair for non-veg eateries similar rules should apply to vegetarian vendors as well to keep the level playing field. Indirectly, this would promote swatch bharat as well.
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      1. Agnello Sequeira
        Dec 30, 2017 at 11:51 am
        Very soon we will be a Vegetarian Banana Republic
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        1. Manzoor Elahi
          Dec 30, 2017 at 11:26 am
          Another ic dictate.
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          1. Manzoor Elahi
            Dec 30, 2017 at 11:27 am
            Id_iotic
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