Start MCC food joints for tourists, says MLA

Start MCC food joints for tourists, says MLA

MLA Tanveer Sait said the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) should establish food joints, chat centres and milk parlours across the city for the benefit of tourists.

In his address during the consultative meeting to develop guidelines to enhance safety and quality of street food, convened by the Foundation for Community Support and Development (FCSD), MCC and World Health Organisation (WHO), he said, “A large number of tourists, who come to the city late in the night, do not get food as hotels, shops and street food joints are all closed.”

According to a Supreme Court directive, a civic body can use five per cent of its land for commercial purposes. The income generated from these joints can be utilised for the welfare of street vendors, he suggested.

He said besides educating vendors, the authorities should protect their wellbeing. “Concentrate on providing basic infrastructure like street lights and parking facilities to customers. Conserve the beauty of the city,” he added.

Pointing at food adulteration, he said, due to the extensive use of chemicals in agriculture, there is adulteration from the start.

Earlier, MCC Commissioner C G Betsurmath said the greatest challenge is to conserve tourist hot spots. “We have taken up several initiatives to keep the city clean and maintain its beauty. Now, we have taken one step forward by targeting specific issues where improvement, cleanliness and hygiene is needed. To ensure quality, the MCC is developing ‘Swachch street food centres’ with the help of experts, industries and institutions. Plans and estimates are ready, but due to the election code of conduct tenders could not be floated,” he said.

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