Al-fresco dining under the open sky just got a boost in Delhi. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has permitted 56 restaurants in the Capital to offer open-air dining in terraces, balconies, lawns and other similar spaces. To serve liquor in these spaces, a liquor licence issued by the excise department is compulsory. In the last 9 months, the civic body received 94 applications. Out of these, 56 restaurants got approval.
Outdoor Dining Can Be Coupled With Light Music; No Outdoor Cooking Allowed
The civic body has allowed serving of food in outdoor spaces, but cooking and also barbecuing have to be done in closed kitchens. The outdoor dining can be coupled with light music. However, live band performances will remain prohibited in these restaurants. Also, the eatery owners will have to install view cutters and parapet grilles to make sure that the customers do not face inconveniences. The open-air dining policy was passed by SDMC in September 2020. According to this policy, only those restaurants having privately-owned terraces, balconies, lawns and similar spaces can offer open-air dining facilities.
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Maximum Number Of Applications Came From The South Zone
Reportedly, SDMC received the highest number of applications from the south zone covering areas like Green Park, Hauz Khas and Greater Kailash. The second-highest number of applications came from the Najafgarh zone covering areas like Aerocity and Dwarka. A few applications were also received from the central zone covering areas like Defence Colony, Lajpat Nagar and Bhogal. Some came from the western zone covering places like Rajouri Garden, Punjabi Bagh and Tilak Nagar.