South Delhi restaurants most keen to dine under the stars | Delhi News

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New Delhi: At a time when Delhi is impatiently awaiting good weather, many restaurants and restaurants are trying to create outdoor and rooftop dining spaces. About 100 applications were received for outdoor catering licenses, most of them from Dwarka and other areas in the South Zone and Aerocity in the Najafgarh Zone, both under the South Delhi Municipal Corporation ( SDMC).
A senior SDMC official said 29 applications were turned down and owners were asked to reapply after meeting the standards. With growing concerns about ventilation during the pandemic, alfresco dining is expected to become more popular once businesses settle in after the last lockdown.
SDMC data shows that out of 94 license applications, 39 were from the South Zone, which includes high-end areas like Greater Kailash, Green Park, and Hauz Khas, while 31 were from the Najafgarh area with places like Dwarka. and Aerocity. The central area received 15 requests and nine were from the western area of ​​places like Rajouri Garden and Punjabi Bagh.
“While 56 licenses have been granted so far, 28 have been rejected. Ten requests are being processed, ”said the official. The overall rejection rate is 30%, the highest being in the West Zone where eight out of nine requests were refused. Several applications were received from Aerocity, Kapashera, Dwarka, Hauz Khas and Aurobindo Marg.
Last year, after Company South authorized the open-air dining policy, allowing food and alcoholic beverages to be served on rooftops and in open spaces, Company North also adopted the same policy. Interest in restaurants in North Delhi is much lower. A senior North Corporation official said that only one restaurant in Rajendra Nagar had been licensed. An official from the East Delhi Municipal Corporation said they have yet to start granting such licenses.
The policy states that licenses would be granted to restaurants licensed to trade in health and where open space, such as a roof, is privately owned. In addition, there should be no encroachment on public lands, trails or roadsides. No cooking would be permitted in the open area and an alcohol permit would be required to serve alcoholic beverages.
A structural safety certificate from a certified engineer and a CNO from the Delhi Fire Department is also required. The fees for the outdoor catering license vary from Rs 100 to Rs 200 per m². Before the pandemic, South Delhi had 2,000 large and small restaurants. Previously, TOI reported that the renewal rate was still low and that only around 30% of units had renewed their professional health license.


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