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315 eateries raided on day 2 of sanitation drive

The Hindu, 17 January, 2014


Health officials inspect the kitchen of a hotel in Kochi on Thursday.

KOCHI: Raids on eateries in the district, codenamed “Operation Hot Water”, continued for the second day on Thursday. Of the 315 outlets raided, two were closed down (one each in Vengoor panchayat and Malippuram panchayat) and 100 of them were issued notices. Raids were conducted by a team of health officials as part of the sanitation drive to check the spread of communicable diseases.

The decision to conduct a 10-day raid was taken at a review meeting conducted by the District Panchayat, District Health authorities, people’s representatives and heads of various departments in the district.


On Wednesday, 548 places were raided. Twelve of the outlets were asked to close down while notices were served on 225 outlets. There were 71 inspection teams on the first day, while on the second day, there were 43 teams that went around the district.

On a drive to check water-borne diseases in the coming months, the Health teams inspected various wayside stalls selling watermelons, sugarcane juice, sip-ups, non-branded aerated drinks, and ice creams. Raids were also meant to check ice meant for preserving fish being used in other food items.


Action was taken against hotels, hostels, bars, toddy shops and petrol pumps that did not provide sanitised toilet facilities.


The raids were supervised by District Medical Officer Hasina Mohammed and district rural officer P.N. Srinivasan. Eldose Kunnapillil, District Panchayat President, in a statement, said that the raids would be intensified in the coming days.