Rajiv Chowk & Salimgarh Stretch To Be Delhi’s Food Truck Hubs

In June 2023, the Delhi government greenlit a project to kickstart food truck stations at around 16 locations across the city. This food truck policy was proposed as a way to promote a thriving night economy and generate more employment. Two spots have now been identified to become the first additions to this plan, one near the Salimgarh stretch and the other near the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station. More areas will be identified post discussions with other land-owning agencies, such as Delhi Transport Corporation and Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB).

The trucks will be managed by concessionaires, and chosen through a competitive bidding process. These concessionaires will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Food Truck Hubs. A licensing fee, coupled with a profit-sharing arrangement, will be determined according to the commercial viability of the designated areas.

Minister of Public Works Department (PWD), Atishi Singh, highlighted that the policy will uphold high standards of aesthetics, sanitation, and hygiene at all food destinations. She emphasised that with the policy in effect, residents of Delhi will have the delightful opportunity to enjoy a diverse range of delicacies even during late hours, contributing to the city's dynamic gastronomic scene. The primary goal of the policy is to create a secure and pleasant dining environment for patrons, prioritising their well-being and satisfaction.

Food truck culture has been thriving for many years in countries across Europe, as well as in the USA and Australia. India too has seen its fair share of food truck craze with options popping up in most major metros. This move to designate food truck hubs is sure to regulate the operation and maintenance of these businesses in an unprecedented way, offering diners even more options for convenient dining in the nation’s capital.