With just one week to go for the deadline issued by the state government - on October 2 - to open 97 Indira canteens in all the 97 wards may get extended as the work on some of the canteens is not yet over. Not just that with no proper co-ordination between the legislators and corporators in at least 15 wards, the work would be delayed further, reports Kannada Prabha quoting sources in the BBMP.
It may be recalled here that during the inauguration of 101 canteens on August 16, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had assured that rest of the canteens would be opened by October 2. However, going by the pace of the work in these wards, it is uncertain that these canteens would be ready by October 2.
Meanwhile, considering the overwhelming response to the Indira canteens, the BBMP is planning to serve more customers. Presently, Indira canteens serve 900 customers every single day. The number of customers having breakfast is restricted to 300, but now the Palike plans to increase it to at least 500. Similar is the case with lunch and dinner, as the Palike aims to serve at least 1,400 customers, every single day! Order in this regard is expected to be issued soon, reports Kannada Prabha.
The BBMP has observed that the demand for breakfast and dinner is rising by the day and there have been reports that customers were not getting their meal, despite waiting in queue for hours. Considering this, the BBMP wants to cater to this segment of the customers too.
The BBMP Joint Commissioner has is already studying a report to increase the number of customers. Almost all Indira canteens have reported an increase in some customers. Depending upon the demand, the Palike will work out the supply materials, reports Kannada Prabha.
At present, breakfast is served at Rs 5 and lunch, and dinner is available at Rs 10 at the 101 canteens. Once the 97 more canteens are ready, the Palike hopes to meet the increasing number of customers.