It looks like the much acclaimed project aimed to ensure that quality food is supplied by hotels and restaurants a introduced by Tripunithura municipality in the last budget is lying in the cold storage. According to residents associations here, though the authorities had promised to implement the project soon after the budget was announced , nothing concrete has been done so far.
As per the proposal, the hotels and restaurants which effectively set up systems to treat solid and liquid waste will be granted grades and certificates. Hotels, private firms and flats that get high grades will be given cash awards every year.
The association members said that the plan was introduced to improve the standard of hygiene in hotels and restaurants in the area.
“Had the project been implemented, people would have got quality food and service from the hotels even in the local area. Now, there are many hotels and restaurants which are functioning in unhygienic conditions. We think the it is high time the officials kept a tab on them. The incentives will be an encouragement to the hotels to serve better food. But the authorities are still sitting on the project,” they said.
They also said the proposal is just the first step in the series of initiatives of the Municipality to recapture the past glory in the waste management sector. “The municipality was selected as the best local body in waste management in 2010. But the authorities have failed in keeping up the prestigious status,” they said.
Meanwhile, Tripunithura Municipality Health Standing Committee chairman T K Suresh said that the project would be implemented within a couple of months. “We have constituted a monitoring committee to implement the project with a total fund Rs 10 lakh,” Suresh said.