Delhi to get multi-purpose coffee homes

NEW DELHI, JULY 24. Keeping in tune with the changing times and needs of the consumers, the Delhi Government has decided to construct multi-purpose 24-hour coffee homes in various parts of the Capital and upgrade the present ones. These coffee homes would be built on a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis with the latest facilities including shopping complex, restaurants, flower shops, banquets, STD booths and cyber cafes.

Replying to a question by Mala Ram Gangwal (Congress) on the construction of coffee homes in the Capital in the Delhi Assembly earlier this week, the Tourism Minister, Arvinder Singh Lovely, said it had been decided to set up 24-hour coffee homes catering to various sections of society. He also assured that the coffee home on Baba Kharak Singh Marg in New Delhi was only being temporarily shifted to Shaheed Bhagat Singh Market and once the new building being constructed by the New Delhi Municipal Council comes up, the Coffee Home would be shifted to the new locality with a new look. Mr. Lovely said the first 24-hour coffee home would come up at R.K. Puram. This coffee home will not only provide facilities like lunch and dinner round-the-clock, but also other items associated with such an outlet. In addition to the simple coffee varieties housed in one section, a new section would be introduced which will have coffee flavours of various countries on the lines of the famous Barista Coffee outlets in the Capital.

Mr. Lovely informed the House that under the leadership of the Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, two 24-hour outlets are coming up in Janakpuri and Vikaspuri in West Delhi. He said these outlets would have amphi-theatres to allow the young artists to perform everyday, flower shop, cyber cafes and a small banquet hall. These multi-cuisine outlets would provide an opportunity to the people of the area to have an option of getting food at a time when all others places are shut down. The Minister informed that certain norms had been laid down for opening such outlets and wherever 1,000 sq metres of land is available, the DDA could be requested to make the necessary allotment for taking up such a project.

Replying to another question by Ramvir Singh Bidhuri (NCP), the Industries Minister, Mangat Ram Singhal, said 10 hospitals and charitable trusts had been issued show cause notices by the Delhi Government and the Delhi Development Authority for not following the conditions laid down in the lease deed when allotment of land was made. Asked by Mr. Bidhuri if action would be taken against such hospitals that were not honouring the condition for providing free treatment to 40 per cent patients at the OPD, Mr. Singhal said he would hold an inquiry into such violations and take suitable action. He also submitted to the House a list of 50 such institutions which had been allotted land at concessional rates by the DDA with the condition of providing some quota of free treatment to the poor patients. Mr. Bidhuri charged in his supplementary that the hospitals that had been allotted land on such terms were not honouring the conditions laid down in the lease deed and demanded to know what was being done in such cases. He urged the authorities to take up the issue more vigorously and punish the guilty.

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