PCB finds one-third of eateries unfit for biz

ST Correspondent
Wednesday, 17 January 2018

“These eateries which are in a unhygienic condition cannot be allowed to continue their business any further. They will be sent a notice to rectify their quality of business, for which 46 days will be given. Those which fail to improve their condition will be forced to shut down,” said Yadav.

PUNE: Almost one-third of the eateries in Pune Cantonment area are unfit and unhygienic to run business, claims Pune Cantonment Board (PCB). The administration is likely to take action against these eateries soon.

After the Station Health Officer went for inspection, out of 95 eateries, including restaurants, pubs and bakeries which have been inspected so far, 25 to 30 eateries were found to be in a pathetic conditions, declared PCB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) DN Yadav at the general board meeting on Wednesday.

“These eateries which are in a unhygienic condition cannot be allowed to continue their business any further. They will be sent a notice to rectify their quality of business, for which 46 days will be given. Those which fail to improve their condition will be forced to shut down,” said Yadav.

Speaking on the renewal of trade licence issues, President of PCB, Brig Rajiv Sethi, read out section 277 of Cantonment Act, 2006, under which PCB has the right to take action against the commercial establishments which are dangerous and offensive in concern with public interest. 

“Under this act, renewal of trade licence does not imply on those trades which have been existing before 2006, but the board has the right to take action against them if they are found violating the norms. So far, the cantonment board has not taken any stern action against these violators, it is now time to act, rather than sitting on it,” said Sethi.

The PCB officials are currently on an inspection drive of commercial outlets under PCB limits for renewal of trade licences. PCB has received 315 applications, out of which 116 commercial establishments, inclusive of these 95 eateries, have been inspected. The ones which have committed gross land violation in terms of change of purpose, their reports will be sent to defence estate office (DEO) for action.

GROUNDS FOR SCRUTINY
- These places are being scrutinised on the basis of condition of their kitchen, cleanliness, maintenance etc, said Yadav.
- Elected members of the board Priyanka Shrigiri, Dilip Giramkar, Atul Gaikwad, Kiran Mantri, Ashok Pawar, Vinod Mathurawala and Rupali Bidkar supported the decision.  
- They also suggested thorough scrutiny of some famous eateries in and around Camp which are highly popular among youths, and have infrastructure which is a risk to people’s safety. 

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