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Food inspection turns up more than health panel can digest

Chitra V. Ramani
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Raid party finds under-clad damsels entertaining hookah-smoking customers

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Food Department officials inspect the fare at an unlicensed hotel Wednesday in Bangalore. — PHOTO: SAMPATH KUMAR G.P.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Food Department officials inspect the fare at an unlicensed hotel Wednesday in Bangalore. — PHOTO: SAMPATH KUMAR G.P.

After the lively late night inspection by Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner Siddaiah, it was the turn of the Standing Committee for Health late Wednesday in an exercise that was no less eventful.

The committee members, led by chairperson B.S. Manjunath Reddy, raided two eateries in Koramangala.

Their first target was Bangalore Shaker's, which is on the same premises as Vision Cinema on K.H. Road. What they found was more than they could digest: around 20 skimpily clad women entertaining the hookah-smoking customers who were being served stale food to boot. The place did not have licence to provide hookah, Mr. Reddy said.

Sanjay Kochar, managing partner of Akanksha Enterprises which runs the hotel, claimed that he had an entertainment licence to run a discotheque. He, however, failed to furnish either the food licence or trade licence.

Mr. Reddy asked Mr. Kochar to submit the same to the committee on Thursday and said that if he failed to do so, the hotel would have to down its shutters.

The committee's next stop was Sun City in Koramangala 6th Block where a six-storey building had live bands. Each floor had a different name and around 500 women were employed there, who Mr. Reddy said, had no security.

The food was substandard and the meat at least three days old. Samples have been collected for testing.

Upgraded

Earlier in the day, Mr. Reddy said that the maternity referral hospital at Hosahalli would be upgraded from existing capacity of 30-bed to 60-bed at a cost of Rs 1.37 crore. The council had approved this and the mayor had also sanctioned some grants for the same.

Pleasant surprise

The committee visited referral hospitals on Magadi Road. “We visited all the referral hospitals on Magadi Road and were pleasantly surprised to see that everything was in order. None of the patients had any complaints,” Mr. Reddy said.

Patients told the committee members that they get proper food, medicines and did not have to pay any bribe. The health committee found that the store rooms had adequate medicines.

The team visited other referral hospitals in Govindarajanagar and Vijayanagar and found that they were in good health.

The members also visited some food joints in Vijayanagar. The management of a bar and restaurant and a hotel could not produce trade licences though they said they had them. They have been directed to submit the same to the committee on Thursday, failing which a penalty would be levied.


  • BBMP Standing Committee for Health raids two eateries in Koramangala
  • It finds that referral hospitals have adequate food and medicines

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