Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) commissioner M Hari Narayanan instructed the officials to finish off the ongoing civil works of the Anna canteen in the city, it has been reported.
The commissioner visited a few canteens that were under construction at Vepagunta, Baji Junction, Gopalapatnam Rythu Bazar, Marripalem on Saturday.
Earlier, the state government had sent a team of commissioners from various civic bodies of AP, including GVMC commissioner M Hari Narayanan to Hyderabad and Chennai to observe how Annapurna and Amma canteens are functioned. The team has noticed that the standard menu and price on an average is Rs 5 for breakfast and Rs 10 for both lunch and dinner. The total cost for three meals a day was Rs 57 and customers pay only 25 while the remaining amount comes under government’s subsidy. The government is planning to set up at least one canteen in the city by June 2nd.
To set up around 24 canteens, GVMC has identified suitable sites across the city. Andhra Pradesh Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department (MAUD) is in touch with various departments concerned to discuss the land which is needed to set up the canteens. The plot for the Anna canteen near Turner’s Choultry belongs to the Endowment Department and another plot near Government Regional Eye Hospital belongs to the health department.
The GVMC commissioner, informedly, also directed the officials to strictly adhere to all the quality norms.