Inauguration coincides with birthday of CM Jayalalithaa; suggestions to include appalam, pickle, thuvayal in set lunch menu

The Chennai Corporation on Saturday announced the 24 locations where a budget restaurant each will be opened on Sunday.

The inauguration of the ‘Amma Unavagams’ coincides with the birthday of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. Fifteen such restaurants were inaugurated by the Chief Minister on Tuesday.

The 24 new restaurants will come up on Manali Express Road, Thiyagi Sathyamurthy Nagar, ward 6; Perumal Koil Street, Elanthanoor, ward 16; Nehru Street, Ponniammanmedu, ward 33; New Vinobha Nagar, ward 38; Mangammal Thottam, New Washermenpet, ward 40; Anna Pillai Street, ward 57; Egmore railway station entrance near Dina Thanthi, ward 58; Paper Mills Road, Sembium, ward 68; Valluvan Street, Otteri, ward 75; Mariamman Koil Street, Menambedu, Ambattur, ward 82; No. 24, Mangalapuram, 7th Street, Chetpet, ward 107; MGR 3rd Street, MMDA Colony, ward 108; No. 4, Muthiah Street, Royapettah, ward 120; No. 1, Ayyappa Nagar Main Road, Koyambedu, ward 127; Kamaraj Colony Main Road, Kodambakkam, ward 134; Madha Koil Street, Nerkundram, ward 145; Raja Street, First Lane, Alandur, ward 162; Balakrishnapuram Main Road, Adambakkam, ward 163; Thiruvenkatan Street, near zonal office, Adyar, ward 175; First Avenue, Besant Nagar, ward 176; MGR Nagar, Velachery-Taramani Road, ward 183; division office, ECR, Palavakkam, ward 185; Velachery-Tambaram Main Road, near Pallikaranai compost, ward 190; and Kaliamman Koil Street, Karapakkam, ward 197.

There have been requests from councillors to include appalam and pickle along with the staple fare of idli, sambar rice and curd rice for lunch.

The civic body is unlikely to agree to the demand citing health aspects. However, it proposes to consult the Chief Minister on introducing ‘pudhina thuvayal’ or ‘karivepilai thuvayal’ in the set menu.

By March 31, 100 more restaurants will be opened across the city. Over 1,200 women from various parts of the city are expected to find work.

‘Amma Unavagams’ in the newly-added areas are expected to cater to those living in slums, daily labourers, drivers, load men and migrant workers. The outlets, however, will not provide takeaway.

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