In a shocking revelation, the Joint Commissioner of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Yelahanka, Mr Sarfaraz Khan and Additional Commissioner, East, Mr K C Yatish Kumar found out on Saturday that many posh restaurants in Bengaluru’s Lavelle Road have absolutely unhygienic kitchen conditions.
They went on to inspect several restaurants and found that though the exterior and the dining spaces of these restaurants were absolutely spick and span, but the most important areas, where the food gets prepared, are below the levels of standard hygiene.
Although, these restaurants charge a lot of money for food and are committed to serve clean food to its customers, the BBMP officers witnessed that kabab skewers were kept at places where the employees wash their hands. At one restaurant, they found, rusted knives were being used to cut food items and also meat gets marinated in the backyard, where the employees wash themselves. They also saw all sorts of meat — chicken, mutton, beef and pork — are piled up at a single place, not separately.
Not only this, but the restaurants were also found selling cigarettes, which is not allowed. Besides, they were overcrowded and were playing music louder than permissible limits.
The BBMP imposed heavy fines on some of these restaurants. They are also planning on installing CCTV cameras inside the kitchens of these restaurants so that the customers can view from the dining space how their food is prepared.