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No Ramzan relief from Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation raids

28,April, 2017

HYDERABAD: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is no mood to spare hoteliers, and will continue its crackdown on eateries even during the month of Ramzan.

"The eateries should maintain proper hygiene and take all the precautionary measures while preparing haleem," the civic body said in a statement.

The GHMC penalised Reddy’s Kitchen, Malkajgiri with 20,000 on Tuesday for maintaining an unhygienic condition, encroachment of its fast food joint and constructing a second floor without municipal permission.

The GHMC said it will carry out inspections under the supervision of the heath and sanitation wing of GHMC, veterinary doctors, officials of Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) and police, unlike previous raids which were conducted by the zone commissioners.

"Transparency should be maintained while imposing the fines on restaurants and the eateries inspected will be selected by lottery system," said GHMC Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy, addressing the civic officials at GHMC head office on Tuesday.

The total number of hotels inspected since April 3 is 354 and out of those 198 hotels were found violating norms. The total amount fine imposed on these hotels is 16.5 lakh. During the inspections, the civic officials found unstamped meat, stale food being used in cooking, unhygienic kitchens and unclean wash rooms.

The GHMC has appealed hoteliers to follow norms as per the Food Safety Standards Act 2006. There are around 18 such norms. Medical check-up of staff, using gloves, masks and head caps while serving food, using stale food are the most common norms which the eateries failed to follow, according to the heath and sanitation wing officials of GHMC.

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