News By/Courtesy: Daksh Dave | 21 Jun 2020 23:47pm IST

At the end of the Nizamuddin Bridge on either side of the road are three kiosks that sell shikanji, pakode, and tea. Those joints had been shut since March because of the lockdown. But with India joining Unlock 1 earlier this month, the places have slowly opened and customers have started trickling in. Anshul Jain, the owner of one of the shops, says, "Business is slow, yes, but more people come every day. People tend to buy things and then eat in their cars. They don't want to wait here, but it's certainly a positive sign." Thirst squeakers, such as jaljeera, banta, and shikanji, finally arrived in NCR, although belatedly. With most sellers adhering to standards like wearing gloves and maintaining social distancing, consumers have no qualms about coming to these joints. Most sellers maintain sanitizers and ensure that staff wears gloves and masks at all times, to facilitate the customers. I know they have a staff wear mask and they are holding even toiletry bottles on the counter. That's how it is secure," says Vinay, a company professional we met at one of those kiosks in Delhi. 'I was craving the pakode and shikanji,' he said.i

Despite various restrictions and the process of unlocking, street food suppliers throughout India are still struggling. This is no surprise because, in India, the number of Covids is growing and as many people as they can stay home and only go out for essential activities. Furthermore, street foods like chaat, gol gappa, and aloo Tikki are all foods based on contacts. The certification is the first step,  according to Sangeeta Singh, head of the NASVI street food program. "Food hygiene and precautions are the main themes of our training, comprising two to three-hour Zoom sessions spread throughout the 2 days.ii 

The recovery for food stalls and small restaurants won’t be easy, especially when people do not have the confidence about the safety standards being followed. Many such vendors have returned to their homes in search of better opportunities amid the lockdown. 

THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT INTEND TO HURT THE SENTIMENTS OF ANY INDIVIDUAL, COMMUNITY, SECT, OR RELIGION ETCETERA. THIS ARTICLE IS BASED PURELY ON THE AUTHOR'S PERSONAL VIEWS AND  OPINIONS IN THE EXERCISE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT GUARANTEED UNDER ARTICLE 19(1)(A) AND OTHER RELATED LAWS BEING FORCE IN INDIA, FOR THE TIME BEING 

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 22 Jun 2020 16:10pm IST


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