Ahemdabad : Gujarat cities Ahmedabad and Vadodra have banned meat. Cities in Gujarat have raised concerns over meat being sold on road-side. Stalls selling meat have been banned along public roads and in the 100-metre radius of schools, colleges and religious places. This has brought the roadside meat-sellers into a big fix, and business losses. The ban has been imposed since November 17.
Pushcart owners also questioned the logic behind the crackdown on them while allowing non-veg food in hotels and restaurants in the city.
“How does it make sense to ban us and allow hotels. Won't the smell (of non-veg food) come from there?" Rakesh, a street vendor in Ahmedabad, told news agency ANI.
Stalls selling non-vegetarian food are not the only ones bearing the brunt of the new edict by the city civic body. Another fast food vendor named Sundar alleged, “I've learnt about the ban on egg carts, but I'm a sandwich seller and my cart was also taken.”
Meanwhile, Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel said that the prohibition is not a “question of vegetarian and non-vegetarian” items. “People are free to eat whatever they want. But the food being sold at stalls should not be harmful and the stalls should not obstruct traffic flow,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.
“Some people eat vegetarian food, some people eat non-vegetarian food, the BJP government does not have any problem with it. There have been demands to remove particular 'larries' (carts) from the road. Our only concern is that, the food sold from food carts should not be unhygienic,” Patel said, as quoted by news agency PTI.
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has decided to remove non-veg food stalls from public roads and those operating 100 metres from schools and religious places. The action came in the wake of local BJP leaders demanding removal of non-vegetarian food carts from roads in different cities of Gujarat.