Members of the State council of ministers are the latest customers of the herbal canteen in Ripon Buildings.

Fifteen food packets were dispatched to ministers on Monday for the first time, according to sources in Ripon Buildings.

The new herbal canteen with healthy and affordable food has been attracting many customers ranging from government officials to local residents over the past few days.

As the number of visitors to the herbal canteen has been on the rise, the civic body proposes to make alternative arrangements to accommodate the extra numbers.

Ripon Buildings is also planning to procure herbs from areas such as Kollimalai to cope with the shortage of herbs in Chennai.

There are also plans to set up herbal parks in various parts of the city.

The food sent to ministers on Monday included rice with avarampoo sambar, vepampoo rasam, tulasi buttermilk, pirandai thuvayal and herbal kootu. Many employees of the Secretariat visit the herbal canteen for lunch, which costs Rs. 15.

Government employees from various departments have been found waiting in the long queue for lunch. Many take the train from other parts of the city to reach Ripon Buildings for lunch. The herbal canteen was inaugurated last week.

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