state news

Pune’s Kayani Bakery, two other restaurants asked to shut down: The Times of India

The cantonment board said all three eateries were running without trade licences since 2006.

The Pune Cantonment Board has asked the city’s Kayani Bakery, which is famous for Shrewsbury biscuits, to shut down for conducting business without obtaining a trade licence since 2006, The Times of India reported on Wednesday. Two other eateries – Kwality and Bagban – on Dr Coyage Road have also been asked to close down.

The order came after Pune Cantonment Board President Brigadier Rajiv Sethi conducted an investigation along with other officials on Monday. “The establishments have been running their businesses illegally as we have not issued them trade licences since 2006,” Pune Cantonment Board executive officer DN Yadav told The Times of India. “The board president has ordered them to close down for violating the lease agreement.” The Pune Cantonment Board is the administrative body for the Pune Cantonment region.

Kayani Bakery have refused to comment on the matter. One of the owners, Parvez Kayani, told the daily, “Please don’t feel bad, but I don’t want to talk on the issue now. One of my partners is in Mumbai and the other is in Canada.”

Bagban owner Afzal Bagwan said, “We have closed our business following the oral orders of the Pune Cantonment Board president.” He said the property owner, who is in Dubai, has been applying for a trade licence every year but has been denied one. “Almost 80% of constructions in the Pune Cantonment are illegal, but the board has decided to target only three,” he added.

Kwality restaurant owner Aman Vij said that the cantonment board had renewed the establishment’s licence several times. “We have not been given any information of the inspection conducted by the Pune Cantonment Board and others,” he claimed.

Support our journalism by subscribing to Scroll+ here. We welcome your comments at letters@scroll.in.
Sponsored Content BY 

The cost of setting up an employee-friendly office in Mumbai

And a new age, cost-effective solution to common grievances.

A lot has been theorised about employee engagement and what motivates employees the most. Perks, bonuses and increased vacation time are the most common employee benefits extended to valuable employees. But experts say employees’ wellbeing is also intimately tied with the environment they spend the bulk of the day in. Indeed, the office environment has been found to affect employee productivity and ultimately retention.

According to Gensler’s Workplace Index, workplace design should allow employees to focus, collaborate, learn and socialise for maximum productivity, engagement and overall wellbeing. Most offices lag on the above counts, with complaints of rows of cluttered desks, cramped work tables and chilled cubicles still being way too common.

But well-meaning employers wanting to create a truly employee-centric office environment meet resistance at several stages. Renting an office space, for example, is an obstacle in itself, especially with exorbitant rental rates prevalent in most business districts. The office space then needs to be populated with, ideally, ergonomic furniture and fixtures. Even addressing common employee grievances is harder than one would imagine. It warrants a steady supply of office and pantry supplies, plus optimal Internet connection and functioning projection and sound systems. A well-thought-out workspace suddenly begins to sound quite cost prohibitive. So, how can an employer balance employee wellbeing with the monthly office budget?

Co-working spaces have emerged as a viable alternative to traditional workspaces. In addition to solving a lot of the common problems associated with them, the co-working format also takes care of the social and networking needs of businesses and their employees.

WeWork is a global network of workspaces, with 10 office spaces in India and many more opening this year. The co-working giant has taken great care to design all its premises ergonomically for maximum comfort. Its architects, engineers and artists have custom-designed every office space while prioritising natural light, comfort, productivity, and inspiration. Its members have access to super-fast Internet, multifunction printers, on-site community teams and free refreshments throughout the day. In addition, every WeWork office space has a dedicated community manager who is responsible for fostering a sense of community. WeWork’s customised offerings for enterprises also work out to be a more cost-effective solution than conventional lease setting, with the added perks of WeWork’s brand of service.

The video below presents the cost breakdown of maintaining an office space for 10 employees in Vikhroli, Mumbai and compares it with a WeWork membership.

Play

To know more about WeWork and its office spaces in India, click here.

This article was produced by Scroll marketing team on behalf of WeWork and not by the Scroll editorial team.