The next step towards its 'ease of doing business' policy, the BMC has decided to do away with gradation of restaurants. The move will mean fewer licenses for restaurant owners and thus less red tape and corruption.
Mumbai houses several small and big restaurants. Although it is not the BMC's primary duty to grade them, it has been doing that for several years based on the area being occupied by the hotel, the number of people it can house, and the amenities it provides, etc. Restaurants are graded as 'A', 'B', or 'C'.
"We have done away with the gradation because there have been a lot of complaints. The more the number of permissions required, the more the scope for corruption. That is why we are doing away with it. Of course, licenses will be required. But no separate procedure for gradation," informed a BMC spokesperson.
Along with this, the civic body has scrapped other requirements that are presently mandatory, such as the requirement of a store house, and the Madira licence for restaurants serving liquor, which has now been replaced with a minimum fee. Moreover, medical checkup of all hotel staff can now be completed in private hospitals also.