S corpn seals 13 illegal spas, more to follow
New Delhi: A day after clarifying that only “illegally operating” spas and massage parlours will face action, South Delhi Municipal Corporation sealed 13 facilities in Mohan Garden and Bhagwati Garden on Wednesday.
On Monday, the corporation had issued a series of diktats to clamp down on spas and massage parlours, barring cross-gender massages and asking for CCTV cameras. However, after the Delhi BJP leadership expressed its unhappiness about the corporation not consulting senior party leaders before taking the decision, the civic body clarified on Tuesday that they didn’t intend to disrupt any legal activity.
A public health official, who took part in Wednesday’s crackdown, said many of these units were operating without any health trade licence while a few massage parlours had multiple units against a single licence. The department had videographed 23 premises before the raid. The drive is expected to continue as scores of massage parlours are operating in these areas, the official said.
When the enforcement teams, along with police, went for sealing, several spas tried to cover the billboards and down shutters. SDMC has 297 licensed units under its jurisdiction while 78 unlicensed units have been identified, said the official. Many units have been served sealing notices, said an official. Delhi is estimated to have 2,0002,400 spas and massage parlours, out of which around 1,200 have permissions, he added.
Conditions such as hygiene, cubicle size and an assurance that workers are not suffering from communicable diseases are part of the licence norms. “Spa is a place where mineralrich spring water is to be used to give medicinal treatments for problems like arthritis, and muscular, cervical and back pain,” he added. Infections such as Pontiac fever and amoebiasis as well as physical injuries may occur if aspa pool is not maintained properly, another official added.