The recent plastic ban in the State of Maharashtra, while a very progressive and necessary measure, has had a disruptive effect on the restaurant business in the State. The ban disrupts not only the revenues but impacts as much as 65 percent of consumers who avail home delivery services, especially in cities like Mumbai.
The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) in the interest of its members and the industry, has been exploring options and has sought advice from experts on the subject. While the restaurants have adapted to the use of non-plastic materials for dry food, delivering liquid food continues to remain a challenge. To address these issues and come out with practical solutions that will benefit the hoteliers as well as its patrons, the HRAWI will host a seminar on the subject. It has especially persuaded Nidhi Choudhari – IAS, Deputy Municipal Commissioner (DMC), MCGM to share her wisdom and insights. The seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, 31st July 2018 at the Leela, Mumbai from 3 pm to 6:30 pm.
“The industry is in agreement with the decision to do away with the use of plastic. The use of materials that disturb the ecology and which eventually may cause irreparable damage to our ecosystem has to be abandoned. The urgency in implementing this ban is understandable but it has repercussions for businesses. We are looking for all possible options to regularise the day to day functions without the use of plastic. In this quest, we are organizing a special seminar and are fortunate to have Choudhari conduct it and offer us her expertise on the subject,” says Dilip Datwani, President, HRAWI.
Other than being an exponent on the ban of plastic, as the DMC, Choudhari also shoulders additional charge of Removal of Encroachments Department. In the past, she has also championed the cause of implementation of Street Vendors Protection Act, Licencing, Shops and Establishment; and Legal Department.