Roadside eateries raided at Calangute
The Food and Drugs Administration officials in a joint drive with the tourism department and tourist police against illegal sale of fast food raided 26 roadside eateries/joints selling tandoori chicken and Chinese food near the Calangute ground and stopped their activities.
The FDA director, Mr Salim Veljee told The Navhind Times that owners of the 26 joints were booked by the authorities for violating the FDA norms and selling food at improper places without any authorisation from local authorities. Besides, these shops were located by the road and posed hindrance to flow of traffic.
Mr Veljee said the owners of these stalls have been directed to stop activities till they obtain proper permissions from the local authorities as well as from the FDA and other state authorities. Besides, their area of operation would have to be marked properly by the local panchayat, he added.
“They could be allowed to carry on the business only if they manage to get all the approvals from concerned authorities,” stated Mr Veljee, adding that such drives were aimed at ensuring that food items were sold under hygienic conditions and had proper solid waste disposal plan.
The tourism director, Mr Nikhil Dessai informed that the drive was part of the tourism department’s efforts to ensure clean tourism in a well-organised manner. The tourism department also wants that any activity at places of tourist interests should be conducted in a fair manner without causing any problems to any one.
Mr Dessai said that these stall owners did not have any permission. “They were operating illegally and neither the local panchayat nor the state authorities were paid their dues like tax, fees etc,” he said adding that such drives would be conducted at other places also so as to curb illegalities.
An official of the raiding teams also said that these stalls located just on the edge of the road and were causing hindrance to the public as well as flow of traffic leading to jams on the road. Besides, the waste was disposed of near the ground which attracted the cattle as well as stray dogs thereby compounding the woes of the people. [NT]