Delhi’s food truck industry is set to get a fresh boost as the city’s tourism department has finalised a new policy that will allow food trucks to operate until 2 am. The move is aimed at promoting the city’s street food culture and boosting tourism in the national capital.
“We have identified metro stations and parking sites as hubs for setting up food trucks. But it will have to be seen under which category these trucks can be placed by the Transport department and also the rules governing their plying in Delhi,” the official said.
“We will also need the Delhi Metro and the MCD to be on board since we plan to station these food trucks at metro stations and parking sites,” he said
Explaining how the framework is likely to be, the official said that the food trucks will come and go from the site where they will be stationed. They will operate in the night hours — between 8 pm to 2 am.
“Currently there are no food trucks in Delhi. There are only shops that are given the shape of trucks but these will be proper food trucks. We will have concessionaires who will bring in different vendors along with these trucks and they will be responsible for clearances and other things,” the official said
“We are looking at finalising the policy within the next couple of months, following which it will be put up online for public feedback,” the official said.
Last year, Former Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had announced that the government is preparing a food truck policy in ‘Rozgar Budget’.
“This will strengthen the night economy of Delhi and new employment opportunities will be created,” Sisodia had said.
The government had estimated that at least 15,000 new job opportunities would be created with the promotion of food truck business in the city.