Guess how Delhi government defines breakfast? Well, it is not lunch and it is not dinner. That's what it plans to tell owners of Bed & Breakfast outlets in the city who are expanding their menus to lunch and dinner.
“The whole concept of a B&B is based on providing just breakfast. If they plan to provide all three meals, they would need to apply as a guesthouse and then adhere to various other specifications,” said a senior Delhi government official.
Several B&Bs have sprung up in the city in the run up to the Commonwealth Games 2010. The government had been encouraging residents, especially those close to the Games venues, to open up their properties to visitors.
The government also announced those letting out space for B&Bs would not be allowed to use more than two-thirds for commercial purposes. “They will have to reserve one-thirds of the property for residential use,” said Delhi Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta.
Properties registered as B&B would also not be allowed to let out more than six rooms at a time to visitors. “All B&Bs are in residential areas and we do not want them to turn into a nuisance for neighbours,” said the official.