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Ahmedabad civic body to start checking, banning non-veg street carts from Tuesday

The Town Planning (TP) committee of the AMC decided on Monday to turn the city's public areas free of street carts selling non-vegetarian food.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad |
November 15, 2021 8:16:48 pm
This is not the first time that protests against non-vegetarian food have cropped up in the city. In 2018, the Ahmedabad Education Society (AES) had asked the Durga Puja pandal organised by the Bengal Cultural Association (BCA) to stop the sale of non-vegetarian food items in its stalls. (Representational)

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) will start checking and banning non-vegetarian street vendors from public places and those tied to religion and education across the city from Tuesday.

The Town Planning (TP) committee of the AMC decided on Monday to turn the city’s public areas free of street carts selling non-vegetarian food.

“Orders have been issued to the Estate Department to conduct checking from Tuesday morning and remove egg and non-vegetarian street carts from the main roads. From tomorrow morning, these will be removed. Also, these are banned from within 100-metre range of religious places, gardens, public places, schools and colleges,” AMC’s TP committee chairman Devang Dani told The Indian Express.

Citing ‘Gujarat’s identity and Karnavati city’s cultural tradition’, AMC Revenue Committee chairman Jainik Vakil wrote to Municipal Commissioner and the Standing Committee on November 13 to ban the sale of non-vegetarian food on roads ‘in order to immediately clear encroachment by illegally proliferating non-vegetarian carts on city’s public roads, religious and educational places and other places’.

Further, clarifying that the vendors will not be fined but asked to remove the carts. If they do not comply, the carts would be seized. Justifying the decision, Dani said, “There were public complaints of bad smell especially from morning walkers, residents visiting religious places and parents as these were leaving negative impact on minds of young children.”

AMC Standing Committee chairman Hitesh Barot had told The Indian Express, “An official decision is still pending but instructions have been issued to various departments of corporation. The process of checking and issuing of notices will start from Monday.”

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