Locations identified for Amma Unavagams in Ooty

With the Government having decided to set up more Amma Unavagams in various parts of the State, the civic administration has identified two spots in this vacation destination to set up the outlets.

The places were finalised after an inspection was carried out by Regional Director of Municipal Administration Mohan and Regional Engineer Thirumavallavan, Municipal Commissioner K.Sivakumar told The Hindu here on Sunday.

Top priority

One would come up near the Central Bus Stand on Lower Bazaar road and another on a piece of land near the threshold of the Government Headquarters Hospital. Since the Government was keen on opening them as early as possible, the administration was according top priority to the project, he added.

The Government had set aside Rs. 25 lakh for each unit and if more funds were required the municipality would chip in.

The Self-Help Groups, which would be running the unavagams were in the process of being selected, Mr. Sivakumar said.

To a question, he said that the standard of hygiene would be high.

Municipal Chairperson K.Sathyabama expressed the confidence that the canteens would be well received by not only the locals but also the thousands of tourists who flock to this hill station.

Meanwhile, green activists expressed the hope that the canteens would adhere to rules relating to litter and would not encourage the use of plastics in any form.

Official sources said that suitable places for establishing Amma Unavagams had also been identified in Coonoor, Gudalur and Nelliyalam

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