The food truck business has been booming and they have been roaming the streets of Indian cities like Surat and Mumbai. However, the major obstacle for the owners of these food trucks is the lack of space — especially in Mumbai! The owners have been waiting for the food truck policy by the city’s civic authority, the BMC. Finally, the day has arrived and the authorities have started searching for locations!
Mumbai Food Truck Policy
The much-awaited food-truck policy from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, which has been in the works for a while, has finally been finalised. According to the civic organisation, the project was started with the intention of giving underprivileged groups work opportunities and encouraging healthy eating practices. These food trucks or mobile restaurants will be positioned in the city’s busiest areas.
Iqbal Singh Chahal, the municipal commissioner, gave the go-ahead for the creation of a thorough food truck policy in 2021. The initiative, however, ran into difficulties because it failed to materialise. The civic body has now settled the specifics after a break of more than a year.
Action Taken By The Authorities
In a letter to its seven zonal officials, BMC requested that they select the 50 places from which these vehicles might be permitted to operate. There will be seven of these trucks working from each of its seven zones, bringing the total number of these vehicles to 50. However, one zone will have eight trucks operating from it.
According to the officials, deputy municipal commissioners and ward officers will together finalise the places. However, all of the locations are not available as many are reserved for women’s self-help groups. There are currently food trucks operating in Mumbai, but officials have made it clear that they are not authorised by the law.
Chirag Havelia, the director of Havelia Ventures Pvt Ltd, stated that the BMC should take suggestions from the people who are running the business. They are aware of the problems and obstacles that arise while running the business. In fact, he has even written letters to the BMC chief and CMO.
With the policy in action, food trucks may get a permanent place in Mumbai.