Mysuru: After successfully launching Indira Canteens in Bengaluru, the State Government is all set to introduce the same facility across Mysuru city. Chief Minister Siddharamaiah will inaugurate the 11 Indira Canteens in city on Jan. 12 at 10 am with the formal inauguration of the canteen constructed at CADA Office premises opposite Mysuru City Corporation (MCC).
The canteens have been constructed by Bengaluru-based KEF Infra Limited at a cost of Rs. 40 lakh each and the company has used pre-pressed concrete structure for the construction as per State Government’s specifications.
While Rs. 40 lakh is being spent on the construction of each canteen, the MCC has provided basic facilities including water and electricity connections to each canteen at a cost of Rs. 20 lakh. The Mysuru operations will be on the lines of “Bengaluru model”
The food to these canteens is being supplied by a Rural Environment and Water Assets Reproductive Development (REWARD) Society, the same firm which is supplying food to Indira canteens in Bengaluru.
The canteens will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at a highly subsidised prices. Though the main targets are poor and downtrodden, the canteen will serve all irrespective of their social status. On an average, the canteen is expected to serve food for over 500 people per day.
It will serve idlis and coconut chutney for breakfast, rice, sambar, curd rice, rice bath for lunch and dinner. A few other food items will also be served. Food will be served only within fixed timings. While breakfast will be served only from 7:30 am to 9:30 am, lunch is from 12.30 pm to 3 pm and dinner from 7.30 pm to 9 pm.
In addition to 11 canteens, two master kitchens — at Kumbarakoppal near PKTB Sanatorium on KRS Road and the other on T. Narasipur Road at Alanahalli — have been constructed at a cost of Rs. 38 lakh each by the MCC. The food prepared in each of these kitchens will be supplied to all canteens.
For those who have doubts over the quality of food being served at the canteens, the District Administration has made sure the food is of good quality. Speaking to Star of Mysore, Deputy Commissioner D. Randeep said that before awarding the tender, bidders had been given certain prerequisites which had to be fulfilled.
“The primary level checks will be done by the officials of MCC Health Department which includes the quality of water being used for preparation of food. They will also check for cleanliness within the premises. This apart, food safety officers from Department of Food and Civil Supplies will conduct routine checks,” he added.
With only a couple of days left for the inauguration, officials have been working towards completing the pending works. UGD lines, water connection, power supply, installation of CCTV cameras, and other works are nearing completion.
Locations of Indira Canteens
CADA Office premises opposite MCC
K.R. Hospital premises on Irwin Road
KSRTC Sub-urban Bus Stand, Bengaluru-Nilgiri Road
Azeez Sait Nagar Double Road
Ashokapuram near Ambedkar Park
Kumbarakoppal, near Kumbarakoppal Gate
Between Yeraganalli Circle and RTO (East)
Jodi Thenginamara Road near JnNURM apartments
Sharadevinagar, near Sharadadevinagar Circle
T. Narsipur Road junction near Alanahalli
Near Sewage Farm at Vidyaranyapuram
Why are Indira canteens serving only vegetarian foods? Is that only to appease a small section of Hindus? Why can’t they serve mutton biriyani of similar foods? Do we have to show any identity card to make ensure it is serving the people who need it most? They can’t use Aadhar card because it may be the BJP idea!
Serving free food itself is a mistake which makes pple lazy. Forget abt mutton biriyani. N its not right to judge everything the government does as an appeasement. Not necessary to politicize everything.