CHENNAI: Zonal officers, councillors and officials of the Health Department of the Chennai Corporation are pulling all stops to come to a state of readiness to launch another Amma Unavagam in each ward of the city. The second round of the subsidised canteens had been announced by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on June 1, and work is now underway to identify prospective locations for the new Amma Unavagams even as the necessary files are being prepared for administrative approval for the project.
The task of finalising the location for the next batch of Amma Unavagams has been given to the 15 Zonal officers of the civic body. They have been asked to take the advice of the councillors of the respective wards to fix the location.
“We cannot go into the nuts and bolts of it at this stage. But, we have asked them to examine prospective locations on the basis of suitability and utility. These could include factors like proximity to crowded places, ensuring it is not very close to existing Amma Unavagams and availability of space in existing Corporation properties among other things. We are working out the logistics,” said a Corporation official.
The official added that work on the project has been fast tracked despite the fact that they have not been given a deadline yet. “We can meet any deadline. Work is now going on parallely on site determination and the identification of necessary civil work, so we don’t have to spend any more time on it at a later stage,” said the official. “We are also working out budgets and raw material requirements. These would be adjusted to each individual case after the sites have been identified,” he added.
Work is also underway to get the documents ready for administrative approval from the Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department, as well as for the approval of the Corporation Council.
Presently, there are 203 Amma Unavagams functioning under the Chennai Corporation’s Health Department, with one in each of the civic body’s wards and the others at locations that see large crowds. Once Jayalalithaa inaugurates the latest 200, the total number of Amma Unavagams in Chennai would rise to 407.