Ahmedabad has become the fourth city in the western Indian state of Gujarat to order the removal of non-vegetarian food stalls from its main roads in recent days. After Gujarat bans non-veg stalls, street vendors aren’t happy with the decision.
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation announced on Monday that non-vegetarian food booths will be removed from the city’s main highways, as well as within a 100-meter (330-foot) radius of schools, universities, and religious institutions.
The order’s enforcement will begin on Tuesday, according to Devang Dani, chairman of the corporation’s town planning committee.
The ban came only days after the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led municipal corporations in Gujarat’s Rajkot, Bhavnagar, and Vadodara imposed similar restrictions.
Gujarat bans non-veg stalls in fourth city!
Gujarat, one of India’s wealthiest states, is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state. It is a state wherw he served as chief minister for over 13 years before winning national elections in 2014. In Vadodara and Rajkot, the local authorities instructed retailers and hawkers to cover non-vegetarian food. It also includes eggs, since it could ‘hurt Hindu religious emotions. Is this actually fair?
It also claimed that smoke from such locations could endanger public health.
Meanwhile, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel stated that the ban does not apply to “vegetarian” or “non-vegetarian” foods. “Everyone has the right to eat anything they choose.” ANI quoted him as stating, “However, the food offered at kiosks should not be dangerous. Moreover, the stalls should not block traffic movement.”
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On Thursday, the chairman of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation’s (VMC) standing committee, Hitendra Patel, issued oral directions. Stating to remove any non-vegetarian food stalls. That too from the roadside if they failed to cover the goods adequately. He went on to say that the practise of displaying meat, fish, and eggs at stalls had persisted for some years. But it was now time to put an end to it.
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