The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) is working on a policy to regulate operations of food trucks in the city. The policy will regulate the timings, location, overall space and food standards of products sold in these trucks, officials said.
There has been a sudden increase in the popularity of food trucks, which not only serve Indian foods but also exotic cuisines. However, these trucks are not subject to any guidelines or policies. With the mushrooming of these trucks across the city, it becomes necessary to regulate the food trucks, officials said.
The policy will be drafted on the lines of the Motorised Rehris (Control and Regulation) Bylaws-2006, which was enacted by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation.
“This is the first time that Gurgaon will draft a policy for an enterprise such as food trucks. With an increase in the number of food trucks over the last two years, a policy is needed to regulate the working of the trucks. We have a policy for restaurants and food joints, and we will soon have a policy for the food trucks as well,” Rohit Yadav, joint commissioner of MCG, said.
He said that the MCG officials are working on the policy and will submit the draft to the head office in Chandigarh soon. The food trucks will be notified of the policy by the year-end, he said.
Food trucks first appeared in the city around three years back and have grown at a rapid pace since. Today, there are about 150 food trucks across Gurgaon, which cater to a large chunk of the city’s population.
Till recently, most of the food trucks could be found around the Sector 29 road before they being shifted to the nearby Huda parking lot. This was done to avoid traffic snarls on the road while causing minimum hindrance to the trucks’ operations.
“The food truck business is a new concept and there is no policy for it. It would surely benefit us if a policy is made. We will be able to operate efficiently and will also not face any hassles related to the space, location, or the quality of the food,” a food truck owner said.