Around 20 gaddas, located near the SUDA market in Curchorem, have finally attracted attention of the authorities over the ‘conditions’ in which they are operating.
The local health and municipal authorities have asked the gadda operators to produce documents required to conduct the business or shut their gaddas till they comply with the norms.
Civic chief officer Kapil Fadte, taking up the matter seriously, has asked the operators to stop their business till the Curchorem Cacora Municipal Council (CCMC) authorities were satisfied with the legality of the business operations.
During a visit, this reporter found that the gaddas were operating in unhygienic conditions and a nullah, passing behind the gaddas, was filled with muck and sewage.
These gaddas operate only from 7 pm, offering rassa omelet, bhel puri and chicken fast food, including chicken soup.
CCMC authorities, responding to some complaints in the past, had directed the operators to sprinkle water in front of their gaddas to prevent dust from settling on food items, but things did not change much.
Now, when the health officer Dr Mohanrao Dessai directed sanitary inspector to visit the spot and take stock of the situation, it came to the fore that the gaddas do not possess the required NOC from health authorities and that they conduct the business in unhygienic condition.
Fadte also visited the site and upon enquiries, he learnt that most of the operators were not having the required NOCs from health department and Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI), so also the permission from CCMC.
Further, he learnt that apart from the sopo that is collected, the CCMC was not getting any revenue from these gaddas and that some having the NOC had not renewed it since 2014.
When contacted, Dr Dessai said that it will be examined whether the gadda operators possess the sanitary cards and, even if they do, it will be withdrawn till they ensure operation of the business in hygienic conditions.
Fadte said that the gadda operators have been directed to keep their business shut till it is established that they possess requisite NOCs and permissions.
They will not be allowed to carry out business in unhygienic conditions, he said, adding, they will be shifted to some cleaner place.
Chairperson of CCMC Felix Fernandes informed that there is an open space near the SUDA market, which will be cleaned up for the relocation of gaddas, and the nullah will be covered.