Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Dhaba owners who were unable to obtain a licence from the MCD owing to their shop size considerations can now breathe easy as it has relaxed the rules and agreed to issue licences to all dhaba owners who have their establishment on legal land.

In addition, kiosks and stall owners who were unable to apply under the previous policy can also get a licence under the revised policy.

An MCD official said: “Earlier kiosks and stalls that were less than 100 square feet were not eligible for a licence by the MCD. Due to this, many street food sellers were left out. We have now liberalised the policy under which all such stall and kiosks owners can get a licence but the structure where food will be cooked has to be covered.”

In an earlier order, the Delhi High Court had asked the MCD to remove all road-side dhabas from the city that were on encroached land.

MCD Standing Committee chairman Vijender Gupta said: “The dhabas offer a quick bite to scores of people who rely on economical street food hence we have decided to give license to stall owners so that they can sell food items. In case a water connection is not taken by them they would have to use potable water.”