In a bid to promote the food industry in the capital, the Delhi government plans to unveil new food trucks for night operations, incentives for cloud kitchen operations, as well as setting up hub facilities high-end food, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said at the Delhi Budget Session on Saturday.
Under the new food truck policy, food trucks in the nation’s capital will be allowed to operate at designated locations in the city between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m.
“It will also boost Delhi’s night economy and create new employment opportunities,” said Sisodia, who also manages the financial portfolio.
“We will identify, redevelop and promote key food hubs as part of Delhi’s social and cultural heritage. We are also preparing a food truck policy in Delhi. Under this policy, food trucks will be allowed to operate at designated locations in the city from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. It will also boost Delhi’s night economy and create new employment opportunities,” he added.
Sandeep Anand Goyle, member of the steering committee of the National Restaurant Association of India, said it is a welcome sign that the government is promoting the food industry: “The industry welcomes these changes, but the government should ensure that that the licensing process is also streamlined. . It may be time to have a unified agency for this sector,” he added.
Easing regulations for cloud kitchens
The government plans to provide land for cloud kitchens and relax licensing regulations for such units.
The government estimates that the number of cloud kitchens in Delhi is growing at a rate of over 20% every year. There are currently more than 20,000 operational cloud kitchens in the city, which provide direct employment for approximately 200,000 people and indirect employment for 50,000 people.
Anuj Wadhawan, who operates three cloud kitchens in Gurugram, Delhi and Lucknow, said the business has seen a boom during the pandemic and even five-star hotels have realized the importance of this emerging sector.
“The Delhi government’s decision to incentivize this industry is a welcome step – it can provide large-scale employment opportunities,” he said. Wadhawan added that the government should also develop a policy to regulate food aggregators.