There is now more than one reason to visit the Coimbatore Corporation main office in Town Hall – the civic body has started a herbal canteen, Amma Mooligai Unavagam.

Mayor S.M. Velusamy inaugurated the canteen in the presence of Commissioner G. Latha, Deputy Commissioner S. Sivarasu, Deputy Mayor Leelavathi Unni, City Engineer K. Sugumar and Councillors on Thursday.

A release the civic body issued said that the objective of the canteen was to provide healthy food to the 500-odd visitors and the Corporation staff, majority of who suffered high blood pressure, diabetes and other lifestyle diseases. The canteen will offer a variety of herbal soups at 11 a.m. followed by lunch at 12.30 p.m. and snack with herbal tea at 4 p.m.

A women self help group will run the canteen. A team of Siddha doctors will supervise the operations and also ensure quality of food, said Ms. Latha. The Corporation had advanced Rs. 60,000 to the group to meet the initial costs. The group will repay the money from the profit it earns. It will also pay a nominal rent to the Corporation.

The release said that the Corporation had trained the self help group women in cooking herbal food. They would serve banana pith soup, thuthuvalai soup, navalpazha soup, vegetable soup, corn soup and bitter gourd soup. The lunch would include rice with greens, rice with curry leaves, rice with mint and a few more varieties apart from meals. The evening snack menu would have sukku coffee, lemon tea, green tea, ginger tea and milk with palm jaggery.

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