Not once did the officials of District Prison think that their Metro Chappati and curry would become so popular. Ever since its launch last January, the sale of the food prepared by the inmates has fetched the jail officials a profit of `25 lakh.
The authorities at the Kakkanad Jail said they are surprised by the revenue generated by the sale of chappati and curry.
“When we started the venture, our estimate was an average profit of `1 lakh a month. But, the demand for our food has shot up. We receive orders from schools, colleges and hostels. Sometimes, we get orders for conventions of political parties. Our regular customers include the residents of Kakkanad, employees of FACT and Infopark. Now that we have netted a profit of `25 lakh a year, we are planning to expand our business,” said Kakkanad District Jail authorities.
Along with the price, the size of the jail chapatti too has gone up. “Now we are bringing out bigger chappatis like that available in hotels. A packet of 12 chappati is being sold for `30. Earlier, a packet of 10 chappatis was available at `20. However, there is no changes in the price of chicken, egg and vegetable curries. Chicken curry is being sold for `25 and egg and vegetable curries for `15,” the official said.
Though the authorities are ready to sell chappatis at Marine Drive at the land allotted by GCDA, the lack of vehicle and staff have hit the move. “Once the vehicle and additional staff are sanctioned, the sale will start at Marine Drive and we expect substantial increase in the revenue. A request in this regard has been given to higher ups,” said the officials.
Last year, the jail chappatis and curry were sold during Chief Minister’s Mass Contact programme in Kakkanad and for the one-day ODI between India and West Indies in November. Two shifts, consisting nine jail inmates in each shift, prepare chappatis and curries. Each inmates working for the preparation of chappati and curries are given `117 per day.
Rainwater Harvesting Plant
To solve water crisis at Kakkanad jail, a new rain water harvesting plant has been set up on jail premises. The authorities said the rain water harvesting plant is one of the biggest in the state and have a capacity to store 10 lakh litres of water.
The huge water harvesting plant was set up with a fund of `27 lakhs. Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala will inaugurate the plant next week.