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Updated: July 24, 2012 11:36 IST

‘Don’t give all hotels a bad name’

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Vasudev Adiga.
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Vasudev Adiga.

Even as hygiene and food quality in hotels across the city have come under the scanner, it is the mindset of the eatery owners that is the key, feels Vasudev Adiga, president of Bruhat Bangalore Hotels Association.

“Owners have to realise that their premises need to be kept clean and tidy. Keeping the place hygienic is an obligation under the licensing rule of the city corporation,” said Mr. Adiga, whose association has over 1,500 hotels as members.


He, however, stated that the association on its own cannot take any punitive action against members found to be violating cleanliness norms. The association has been conducting awareness workshops for members on this issue from time to time. Just because some hotels are found to be lacking in cleanliness, it cannot be generalised that all hotels are bad.

Mr. Adiga was also critical about the functioning of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the licensing authority that issues trade licences. “Health inspectors should visit the hotels regularly, which will keep owners on their toes. What the BBMP is undertaking is much-publicised raids, which could erode the reputation of the hotels,” he said.

The BBMP, instead of only imposing fines and penalties, should undertake awareness programmes regularly which could lead to better compliance on the part of hotel owners.

Unlicensed eateries

He also pointed out that a large number of unlicensed eateries on street serve food in unhygienic conditions that are not regulated by the city authorities, though they also cause health concerns.

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With more demand and less supply these things bound to happen. Only when the population of the country gets lesser by at least 40% these things can be thought of. Profit making businesses will be aiming at maximizing the profit and not the health of the consumer. Its consumers' responsibility to be aware of that and act accordingly.

from:  Vijayaraghavan
Posted on: Jul 25, 2012 at 14:24 IST

The BBMP should make mandatory for all the hotels in Bangalore to keep a
separate counter for complaints book and contact numbers of health
inspectors. If a complaint is lodged by any customer, the BBMP should
provide a reference to pursue further. Kitchen area should be monitored by
CCTV cameras and available to BBMP at any given time. TV monitors should
be installed in dining area, where customers can view them.

The hotels in Bangalore don't even wink when it comes to price increases
in their menu, but quality and hygiene it seems takes a back seat always.
The hotels association has no right to talk about cleanliness, when almost
all hotels are mired with unimaginable conditions at the kitchen, toilets
and wash areas. CCTV monitoring will bring an end to the ongoing

from:  SKA
Posted on: Jul 25, 2012 at 07:09 IST

Basically every restaurant in India will have hygiene issues; whether we admit it or not.
There is a reason we are called a third-world country.

This is nothing new.

from:  Abdul Rahman
Posted on: Jul 24, 2012 at 15:07 IST
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