The Kochi Corporation will soon introduce a system to issue licence to the wayside eateries (thattukadas) in the city. Once the procedure comes into effect, only those eateries which have the licence of the Corporation and recognition of the Food Safety Commission will be allowed to operate in the city, Mayor Tony Chammany said.
He was speaking after inaugurating the project ‘Street Food, Safe Food’ launched by the corporation and the Kerala Sustainable Urban Development project (KSUDP). Under the project, a total of 50 modern mobile eateries will be given to the beneficiaries.
The Mayor handed over the keys to 32 beneficiaries on Friday and the remaining will be given after two weeks.
“The corporation is also planning to set up such eateries in all the 74 divisions within its limits. This will take the number of authorised wayside eateries in the city to 124. After that, we will introduce the licence system so as to ensure that only healthy and hygienic food is being served through the wayside eateries,” the Mayor added. The plan will be launched with the help of Kudambasree units.
The new eatery distributed on Friday is a two-metre long and one metre wide one with a stainless steel platform. The corporation had also offered awareness and training to the eatery owners.
Health Standing Committee chairpersons T K Ashraf, K J Sohan, Soumini Jain, Essy Joseph, Corporation secretary Ajit Patil, KSUDP project manager Chitra and Syndicate Bank deputy general manager Balakrishna Menon were also present on the occasion.