Congress vice president, Rahul Gandhi, will today inaugurate the Karnataka government’s ambitious Indira canteens, set up to supply meals at affordable prices.
Once inaugurated, 101 canteens across Bengaluru will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to people in the city at prices as low as Rs 5 and Rs 10.
Gandhi tweeted, “Looking forward to attend the inaugural function of Indira Canteen and public meeting in Bengaluru today.”
Looking forward to attend the inaugural function of Indira Canteen and public meeting in Bengaluru today
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 16, 2017
According to original plan, the civic body in Bengaluru had planned to set up nearly 200 Indira canteens by 15 August. However, it later blamed lack of availability of space other issues for only being able to set up 101 such canteens.
“We received the orders on June 12 and in 60 days we have worked harder than ever to achieve this. Yesterday [Friday], work on the 86th canteen was completed,” Mayor G. Padmavathi told The Hindu.
The canteens will initially be supplied by six kitchens which are ready to serve 5,000 to 6,000 plates of food every day. Eventually, the number of kitchens will increase to 14.
Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Commissioner N. Manjunatha Prasad said his team had taken adequate measures to ensure that the food supplied was of high quality.
He said, “There is a standard operating procedure rule book that all the staff has been trained to follow. This will ensure quality of the food.” A mobile App will help an individual find the nearest outlet of Indira canteen based on the user’s location.
The BBMP sources said that they were working on setting up of remaining canteens by 2 October, coinciding the birth anniversary of Mahatama Gandhi.