Press Club of India, Indian Tehalka News
An Iftar delight brought on by the temporary food stalls on Mosque Road in Fraser Town during the month-long Ramzan festival will soon become history. Authorities have now decided to not allow food stalls and shops to be established on pavements this year, citing complaints and objections by the local residents.
The culinary spread on Mosque Road during the holy month is much-awaited by Bengalureans, who flock there to feast on succulent kebabs, lip-smacking biryani, decadent deserts and Afghani tea.
“We have decided to ban the food stalls that were being put up every year during the season. It was leading to severe traffic chaos in the area, as thousands of people would come in to partake of food items from these stalls. They would park their vehicles in a haphazard manner, hindering movement of local residents,” Aslam Fazal, governing member of the mosque committee on Mosque Road told The Hindu.
Mr. Fazal also added that the devout were also finding it difficult to get to the prayer halls in the area on time, because of the traffic jams and haphazard parking. He said the committee is now working along with the police and Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials in keeping away illegal stalls.
“I was looking forward for this month. My friends and I visit the food stalls on Mosque Road every year. I know of my friends in Chennai who plan a trip to the city just so that they can feast on Mosque Road. This is a disappointing development,” rued Stacy Paul, a homemaker and a resident of Cooke Town.
However, other eateries and shops on the Mosque Road stretch are expected to be open for longer hours to cater to the huge rush expected this month.