Besides maintaining law and order in the city, the police have now cracked a whip on roadside vendors who fail to follow hygienic practices.
The police department on Friday issued an order under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) directing roadside vendors to wear gloves while preparing and serving eatables to their customers.
If street vendors selling "chat", "pav bhaji"and other eatables serve food without wearing gloves, they can be booked under Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). If convicted, the person can be imprisoned for up to six months and/or fined up to Rs 1,000.
Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Neveen Singla said, "As monsoons are round the corner, unhygienic food can pose a big threat to health of residents. Keeping this in mind, we have passed the order. Those who fail to comply with the orders will face the heat."
The DCP said the police control room (PCR) motorcycle squad would keep a tab on street vendors and inform the police station concerned about violators, following which an FIR would be lodged.
Singla also asked people to avoid street food during monsoon.