Yes – Street food should be banned:

  • In most cases, street food is prepared in an unhygienic way.
  • It is very difficult to conduct checks on hygiene at all the street food making places.
  • Street food carts encroach footpaths, parking places and roads and worsen the traffic issues.
  • The quality of oil and the raw food items that are used in cooking may not be suitable to maintain good health.
  • A lot of these street foods are junk foods that are unhealthy and addictive.
  • Street food carts are often exposed to dust and vehicular pollution.
  • Street food vendors add substances like ‘Monosodium glutamate’ (MSG) to make the dish tasty and addictive. These type of food additives are very harmful and causes health problems.
  • In India, many people are slipping into poverty due to huge medical expenses. One of the main reasons for many health problems in India is taking unhealthy food. Hence banning street food and encouraging healthy and nutritional food will make India a healthy nation.
  • It is difficult to hold them accountable in cases of food poisoning, adding addictive drugs etc.

No – Street food should not be banned:

  • Street food is satisfying the hunger of many common people. Food in most restaurants is not affordable to many. For many middle-class people, eating at street food carts is very cheap and convenient.
  • Lakhs of street vendors are making a living by preparing and selling street food.
  • There is no long process to start a street food cart and earn for living. It’s very easy for anyone to start selling street food. Many street vendors cannot afford a shop to start their business. If street food is banned, the unemployment problem will be even worse. And the Indian government is not in a position to give alternate employment opportunities to all the street food vendors. Street food business is the easiest business to start with low investment. Small scale businesses are very helpful for the economy too.
  • Banning street food may eliminate some distinct cultural foods, that are now available only as street food.
  • If there is no street food, restaurants in some localities may tie up to charge more for the dishes because people will have no other option.
  • These days people are more cautious about health and hygiene, so people will choose to eat at carts where food is prepared in a hygiene way. Hence there is no need to worry because unhygienic street food carts will automatically be eliminated due to no demand.
  • If street food is banned, local talents will be neglected. Innovation and creativity will only be in the hands of big restaurants.
  • Not all street foods are junk foods. Some street food carts sell healthy food like sprouts, carrot juices etc.
  • There is no guarantee of hygiene at restaurants’ kitchens. Food checks are not conducted regularly in general.
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  • Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014 is brought to regulate street vendors and to protect their rights. But this bill has several legal ambiguities.
  • National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI)‘ was formed in 1998 to protect the rights of street vendors.


Banning street food entirely is not at all possible and not needed, especially in India where lakhs of people are eating street food daily. But there is a need to regulate the street food industry. A few things like gloves and hair caps should be made compulsory. Sudden hygienic checks must be conducted. Strict rules must be implemented to avoid the congestion of roads.

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  • Sukla das, Sep 6, 2020 @ 9:23 am Reply

    In our kolkata maximam areas we see seller’s are selling different type of food from morn to night that is stree food . We love this food very much. These are very dilicious spicy tasty. When we see this food we can’t regist ourself . Their quality may be chief they are useing same oil different parvash still it should not be bann . Because people who are very poor hunger who lives in streets area they can effort these food . These type of food money less then shops food . Only for them it should not be bann .

  • samir ali, Jul 23, 2018 @ 8:37 pm Reply

    According to me , it should not be banned sometimes it proof very necessary not only for students ,but also for traveler . because we know that hotel are not available on every place so that time and if we are hungry then that time only street foods fulfill our hungry. besides of these if we are unemployment then that is perfect way for run our family and maximum 30-40% people carried the responsibility of his family in the form of school fee, in the form of many necessary thing which they able to fulfill with the help of this business. and economically our country will be effected to it . so , i think it should not be banned .

    • Utpal Kumar, Sep 8, 2018 @ 9:08 pm Reply

      And what about health?
      It fulfills our hunger but not give us nutrition or energy to perform any much activity and even sometimes it causes food poisoning or diseases like diarrhoea or jaundice due to using of dirty water or unhygien water that are not purified well and are used in their food preparation are harmful to us , what do you think about that .

  • Bhupesh Thakur, Jun 22, 2018 @ 1:14 pm Reply

    Street food has given employment to many people over the years and provide food at very low price.These are two main factors in the rapid growth of street food market, however microbiological quality of raw material is still a challenge and this is what keeping many health conscious people from having street food. If we prioritize hygiene in street food market then there would be no such question of banning street food. Hygiene comes at a cost for these small street food businesses and even there is cost in not keeping hygiene like health issues. There should be some creative solutions for keeping hygiene without extra expenditure because these small street food owners have very little to invest and some of them are so poor that they can’t simply pay for the cost of keeping good hygiene. This is one of the reasons why some of the street food owners are hardly paying attention to cleanliness now a days. Slight Increase in street food prices can be one of the solutions to provide these owners with little extra money to cop up with increased expenditure to meet cleanliness goals.

  • Tinku paul, Jun 20, 2018 @ 6:48 am Reply

    According to me street food should not be banned, many peoples are there they take their breakfast and lunch from roadside eatery because may be they don’t have time to cook the food or they don’t have opportunity so they meet their hunger . Most of the people they don’t have enough money to go to the restaurant every day i.e they take the food from roadside eatery. If street food ban then middle class people they will get for by starvation. But roadside eatery owner they have to maintain hygiene and quality food they should not dupe to the customer to make their money to use stale food or carcass meet after all these are food items and people spending the money food stall owner remember it , if they require they can increase the the food costs little bit but they should not dupe the customer to make their money.

  • Mridula Biswas, Jun 17, 2018 @ 8:57 pm Reply

    Not only wearing hand gloves and hair cap will make the process hygeinic but also strict rule to periodically check the quality of raw foods and oil should be made. Moreover, protection of food from dust generating due to vehicle and other reasons should be devised and implemented.

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