The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) undertook a massive drive and raided several restaurants and eateries across the city to inspect the establishments for lack of hygiene and poor food standards. On Sunday, the GHMC officials raided mutton and beef shops along with malls to check for meat quality.
As many as seven owners of mutton and beef outlets are being prosecuted for violation of restrictions in view of Mahavir Jayanti. According to Deccan Chronicle, the seven traders have been booked under Section 20 of GHMC Act.
During the inspection, GHMC officials have imposed penalty on Forum Mall and Manjeera Mall in Kukatpally. The Hindu reported that Forum Mall has been imposed with a penalty of Rs. 20,000 for using unstamped meat for sale, while, Manjeera Mall was slapped with penalty of Rs. 10,000 for unhygienic conditions.
Earlier this week, 69 hotels had been raided by the municipal body, out of which 54 of them were reportedly using stale meat and had dirty kitchens.
The New Indian Express reported that some of the popular restaurants that were served notices included the New Green Bawarchi in Vanasthalipuram; Balaji Mithai Bhandar, Mansoorabad; Green Bawarchi, LB Nagar; Green Bawarchi Restaurant, Lothukunta; Pride of Hyderabad Hotel, Kukatpally Circle; Golden Restaurant & Bar and Ahar Restaurant among others.
Some of the prominent restaurants were raided and reportedly fined last week under the same drive. Sagar Hotel in Shapurnagar has been closed down by GHMC for maintaining unhygienic conditions in the kitchen and procuring meat illegally.
Another popular restaurant, Minerva Grand Hotel in SD Road, has been fined Rs 10,000 for lack of hygiene.
This came after GHMC instructed the hotels under their limits to maintain hygienic premises and use only stamped goat meat from notified slaughterhouses.
“Instructions to hotels and restaurants were issued in March directing them to purchase meat only from GHMC slaughterhouses. Despite quality meat available from slaughterhouses, most hotels and shopkeepers buy meat from private butchers, violating rules. Food inspectors under section 674 of HMC Act are authorised to seize these,” a GHMC food inspector told Deccan Chronicle.