PMC Survey: Half Of Pune Food Business Illegal

A survey conducted by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has found that around 7,737 of 15,449 eateries in the city, including shops selling food products, are running without the permission of the civic body and not following the norms set up by the administration. The civic body has initiated a drive to take legal action against the errant owners.
It is mandatory for people selling food products in any form to take permission from the civic body. The civic body has set up norms for the joints that include restaurants, beer bars, bakery, ice-cream parlour, dairy, grocery shops and paan shop.
Among the various norms, the civic health department issues licences only if there is a clearance from the building permission department, no objection certificate from the fire department, regular payment of property tax, commercial use of water supply. However, ward medical officers and the food inspectors are finding it difficult in executing the action against illegal business at their respective wards.
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