Hyderabad: Paradise biryani has always been famous, especially as a must-have cuisine in Hyderabad. However, recently, Paradise restaurant has gotten itself into a sticky situation. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) fined the restaurant Rs 1 lakh on Thursday in Hyderabad. Reportedly, GHMC authorities raided Paradise Food Court in Secunderabad after a couple complained that they found hair in their biryani while dining at the restaurant.

It has led to other troubles for the famed eatery. GHMC authorities, alongside food inspectors, found single-use plastic and rotten vegetables in the, apparently, unhygienic kitchen. Taking note of the unhealthy conditions, the municipal corporation fined the restaurant a hefty sum of Rs 1 lakh.

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E Sudharshan Reddy, Gazetted Food Inspector from GHMC, told NewsMeter, “On Wednesday, we received a complaint stating they found some hair in the biryani they ate at Paradise Hotel in Secunderabad. When we conducted inspections today, we found single-use plastic and rotten vegetables in the unhygienic kitchen. We also discovered that they are using crystal salt instead of iodised salt.”

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and State Food Authority are jointly responsible for implementing and enforcing the FSS Act 2006. However, a consumer rights activist alleged that the enforcement is not being implemented properly due to which restaurants and hotels are violating the norms.

In a separate incident, Cafe Bahar located at Sitaram Ram nagar was fined Rs 1 lakh for running the hotel sans trade license, unhygienic conditions and no segregation of waste.

Srikhande Umesh Kumar, founder of Know Your Rights NGO and a certified consumer protection activist, told NewsMeter, “It is a consumer’s right to have safe and hygienic food from eateries. However, due to a lack of food safety officers is allowing restaurants to flout the norms, believing there won’t be any regular inspections. Now and then, food containing insects, cockroach, hairs, etc., is reported in and around Hyderabad. However, the Assistant Medical Officer of Health doesn’t act proactively and file cases. Food Safety Commissioner should ensure that regular inspections are conducted on eateries.”

Meanwhile, in a separate case ,the GHMC has fined Rs 3 lakh KLM Fashion at Chanthanagar for flashing video display.

Anusha Puppala

Anusha Puppala is currently working at NewsMeter. She had earlier worked as a reporter with ANI and The News Minute. Previously, she has worked as a Senior Reporter with the Deccan Chronicle Newspaper, covering education beat. She had briefly associated with the national television channel Tiranga TV as a special correspondent. Anusha has extensively written stories on education, traffic, civic-issues, human-Interesting, off-Beat, consumer issues, health and environment. Hailing from Visakhapatnam, Anusha is a social media buff and a passionate foodie. If not reporting, you will always find her travelling.

6 comments on "Paradise food court slapped 1 lakh fine for unhygienic kitchen and rotten vegetables"

  • It is shocking that Paradise restaurant & Cafe Bahaar, both known for their famous Biryani should be maintaining unhygienic kitchens & serving food with hair etc in them. Using rotten vegetables is unacceptable. Both these eating joints must be severely penalised & warned that this must not ever be repeated. Surprise inspection of kitchens of all eating joints must be carried out from time to time.

  • Appreciate the GHMC slapping a fine of Rs. 1 Lakh for rotten vegetables & single use plastic by Paradise Restaurant. May have the right to ask is they have ever done their job sincerely & consistently. Is Paradise the only restaurant in Hyderabad? Have they done it on daily basis covering all categories of Hotel, Restaurants, Take Away, Catering establishments & of course govt outlets like Tourism Restaurants, Railway Canteens. Secondly why is it that free consumption of govt officials not printed in News Paper & Media. Ask if cops pay in restaurants, Excise pay in 5 star hotels, have we ever seen politicians pay bills in restaurants. I promise if the same inspector of GHMC does his job diligently he will be transferred. I also will say if the client who found hair in the biryani should be asked if he gets the same at his house I promise he will remove it & consume the food. Even the hair matter should be investigated- Hygreev Karri (hotelier who cares for people who spend 14 to 16 hrs slogging to just feed their families & in turn face client who treat them as no nothings). I guarantee the chef who made biryani created the same from heart & was not part of intentionally putting the hair.

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