Wasteful diners will face fines
Diners in India are to be fined if they do not clear their plates in a restaurant campaign against wasting food.
Most restaurants in Mumbai are facing the brunt of soaring costs of vegetables and other ingredients and have increased prices by more than 20%-30%.
Diners in the city have now been warned that they will be fined extra on the bill if they are seen wasting food, the Times of India reported.
A campaign to save food will soon be launched in 7,000 restaurants across the city, said Ahar, the Association of Hotel and Restaurant owners in Mumbai.
Narayana Alva, president of Ahar, said rising prices of cooking ingredients and gas prompted the association to come up with the idea.
The association wants to spread awareness about saving food and will put up posters inside city restaurants to inform diners about the plan.
"An Udupi restaurant in Matunga has virtually warned customers that they would be fined Rs 5 (6p) if they wasted food as prices are soaring," said Yadnyesh Narkar, who regularly eats out in the city.
"Over 40% Mumbaikars eat in our 7,000 restaurants every day. We are going to inform our customers as to why our dishes have become pricey and how they can help get the rates down by co-operating with the restaurant owners," said Ahar's former president, Chandrahas Shetty.