Mumbai: residents’ association asks BMC to allow restaurants to open every day
In a letter to BMC commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal, housing association Juhu Vile Parle Development Co-operative expressed concerns about people eating at roadside food stalls and demanded to open restaurants every day.
People line up in front of a roadside food stall in Mumbai. (Image: India today)
The Juhu Residents Association, Vile Parle has asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to open restaurants in Mumbai every day. From now on, the Maharashtra government has allowed restaurants to only stay open until 4 p.m. on weekdays, while they remain closed on weekends following the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a letter to BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal, the Juhu Vile Parle Development Co-operative housing association also expressed concerns about people eating at roadside food stalls and restaurants and required to open licensed restaurants so people can sit and eat environment. âA photo of a roadside food stall where people can queue for a meal was also attached to the letter.
Paramjit Singh Ghai, president of the association, said, âLet’s have a set of rules for everyone. Licensed restaurants should be allowed to open with appropriate measures tailored to Covid so that residents can sit in peace and in a suitable environment without exposing themselves. and eat healthy, hygienic and wholesome food rather than unhygienic roadside food which lowers their immunity and makes them susceptible to Covid-19 and viruses. “
The letter further read: “The citizens [residents] Also earned them by staying in lockdown conditions and being deprived of a normal life for so long. They want to go out with their families. People are sitting at home because their businesses have been closed for so long and are entering into depression and mental instability resulting in family and social turmoil. [sic]”
The local elected officials also voted in favor of this request from the inhabitants.
âThe BMC should open restaurants and commercial spaces every day. [Covid-19] the cases in our region have decreased considerably. These commercial establishments, where staff are vaccinated, should be allowed to open. Offices should be allowed to reopen with 50% occupancy gradually, âJuhu Corporal Renu Hansraj said.
The association represents 14 housing cooperatives of 720 buildings in the JVPD scheme. The JVPD Housing Association Ltd. conducts vaccination campaigns to immunize all residents.
Click here for IndiaToday.in’s full coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.