It was following the big response to chapatis sold through the outlet in front of the Central Prison, Poojappura, that two more outlets and three mobile selling units were launched in the city.
The first outlet outside the Central Prison was opened near the entrance of Women’s Prison, Attakulangara, in December last year, immediately after the launch of chapati-making on commercial basis at the prison. The first outlet outside a prison compound and the latest is the one opened on the premises of Government Ayurveda College here on Friday.
The prison officials said that following demand from General Hospital and some other places to start prison chapati outlets, they were looking into the matter.
At present, there are three mobile chapati-selling units - stationed on the premises of Medical College Hospital; in front of Secretariat (on some days it is parked near Vikas Bhavan); and near Central Railway station. “Per day, on an average, there is a sale of 8,000 chapatis through the outlet at Women’s Prison and that of 1,500 chicken and 750 vegetable curries. Similar is the case with the outlet on Ayurveda College premises,” said Central Prison Superintendent B Pradeep.
The Women’s Prison outlet opens at 7.30 am and closes by 8 pm and the Ayurveda College outlet functions from 8 am to 6 pm.
The mobile chapati-selling outlet was inaugurated on July 21 this year on Medical College Hospital premises and then in other places. Around 4,000 chapatis are being sold through each mobile unit, which functions from noon to evening.