S corpn seals 13 il­le­gal spas, more to fol­low

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - [email protected] times­group.com

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.

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