The South Delhi Municipal Corporation on Tuesday sealed the kitchen of Sagar Ratna restaurant’s outlet at Malviya Nagar as the establishment was running without a licence.
According to a corporation official, the outlet was operating without a licence for the past one-and-a-half years. “People have been complaining about the lack of quality and quantity in the food provided by the establishment. There were complaints to the police as well.
Many people have fallen sick after eating at the restaurant, which had started its operations from the ground and first floors of C2 building at Main Market in Malviya Nagar, way back in 1992. It was a good place to eat back then and even a couple of years back. However, over the past one-and-half years, its quality took a major hit,” a shopowner in the market said.
Sagar Ratna CEO, Arvind Nair, did not respond to emails and text messages sent by Hindustan Times.
According to sources, the kitchen — closed because of poor sanitation and food quality — was supplying food to seven-eight other outlets.
“It was infested with cockroaches and rodents. The corporation has done a commendable job by closing down this outlet at the right time. They were served a closure notice earlier but they still did not comply,” the source said.
A senior corporation official said the restaurant was serving sub-standard and bad quality food.
“A 20-member joint team of police and South Delhi Municipal Corporation officials went and sealed the place. Sub-inspector Inderjit Singh along with MHO LR Verma led the team, which found out that the place was not equipped to serve food to people. They have dumped garbage everywhere and violated various food safety norms,” he said.