NEW DELHI

Eateries, hotels to open their toilets to women, kids only

Restaurants and hotels in south Delhi have agreed to open their toilets to the public — or at least half of it — from Friday.

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) said on Wednesday that women and children will be allowed to use the toilets in restaurants and hotels free of charge.

The move is being conducted on a trial basis for four weeks, the experiment will be revisited on May 1, the SDMC said in a statement.

While the civic body said that both women and kids will be allowed, restaurateurs said that only women will be allowed to use the toilets.

Acting on instructions by Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal, the SDMC had on March 14 made it mandatory for all restaurants and hotels, which hold health trade licence, to open their toilets to the public.

An experiment

The owners of restaurants and hotels, however, agreed to the move only if men were left out of the plan.

Representatives of the hospitality industry met SDMC officials on Wednesday to chalk out the details of the initiative.

President of National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) Riyaaz Amlani said: “After several discussions with our members, the NRAI tabled the concerns of restaurateurs to the SDMC Commissioner. As discussed in the meeting, the policy will be implemented on a trial basis for a period of four weeks for women only, with discretion of individual restaurateurs covering the security and safety aspects. The NRAI is confident that in the next meeting, proposed onMay 1, all the concerns of the industry will be addressed and provided for by the authorities before any long term implementation of the policy.”

The SDMC has said that the move will help the civic body “improve its ranking’ in the Swachh Bharat Mission.

The policy will be implemented on a trial basis for a period of four weeks for women only, with discretion of individual restaurateurs

Riyaaz Amlani

President of National Restaurant Association of India