The Annapurna food stalls set up by Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) have been highly popular with people as they serve hot and hygienic food at Rs 5. Now, the joints are going in for modernization so that people have a better ambiance to enjoy a meal in dignity. The GHMC is converting these joints into a place where people can sit and have their food instead of standing under the shade of trees. In fact, the process of makeover has already begun in the Kukatpally zone.
The renovated canteens are going to have a spacious hall with proper seating arrangements, decent cafe ambiance, lighting, drinking water, and toilet facilities. Also, to protect people from sun and rain, roofs and shades have been added to provide proper shelter. As per GHMC Kukatpally Zone Commissioner V Mamatha, around five Annapurna canteens will be set up in all five circles of Kukatpally, and each will be developed at the cost of Rs 7.5 lakh.
Recently, one such canteen had been set up in Moosapet on a pilot basis. More canteens will be modernized in Kukatpally, Alwal, Gajularamaram, and Quthbullahpur. Apart from seating arrangements, the canteens will have colorful interiors, proper ventilation, illumination, and colorful boards at the entrance to invite people.
The Rs 5 meal will consist of freshly cooked white rice, vegetable curry, sambar, and pickle. At times, sweets are served by the GHMC in collaboration with the Hare Krishna Movement Charitable Trust. The initiative has also won praise from UNESCO for offering five crore meals across the state during the lockdown in 2020. According to GHMC officials, there are around 200 Annapurna food stalls within GHMC limits, with over 60,000 people having access to hot meals daily during afternoons.