The Corporation here is diversifying its area of service, planning now to cater to the city’s ever-developing taste buds.

A new venture from the local body is the Ananthapuri café’, one of the two food outlets the Corporation will open to serve traditional cuisines at subsidised rates. Three mobile cafeterias are also part of the plan, and will soon hit important city centres.

Ananthapuri café’ will come up inside the civic body’s jubilee memorial building opposite SMV school at Ayurveda College junction.

The ground floor of the memorial building will be converted into a café, which would serve vegetarian and non vegetarian items. The project was part of last year’s Budget and preliminary work had already commenced. The café would be opened by end of this year, Welfare Standing Committee Chairman Palayam Rajan has said.

A sum of around 40 lakh had been earmarked for the café in the current budget, he said, adding the work would be expedited once the District Planning Committee gave its approval for the annual plan. Around 30 women selected by Kudumbasree would be given training to develop their culinary skills. The café, besides having facility to accommodate around 50 persons at a time, would have a parcel counter, the chairman said.

The use of plastic would be prohibited and a biogas plant would be installed inside the café. The gas generated from the plant would be used for the working of the boiler in the hotel. An officer from the health wing would be entrusted with the task to monitor the quality of food served, he added.