India: A Step Towards Street Food Safety


KOCHI: The thattukadas in the city will soon be upgraded. The second phase of the Safe Food Street project will be launched by June. The project aims at supplying more hygienic food served in a clean ambiance from the street food vendors. As part of the project implemented by the civic body and the Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project (KSUDP), selected street food vendors will be provided with a modernised stainless steel hand cart. An amount of Rs 50,000 will be given to the street vendors to modernise thattukadas.

“In the second phase, financial aid will be given to 50 selected street vendors. The civic body will also help them to take a personal loan of up to Rs 2 lakh,” said Kochi Corporation Health Standing Committee chairman T K Ashraf.He said a meeting in this regard will be convened soon after the declaration of the election results. “The owners of the selected thattukadas will attend the meeting. Proper guidelines and awareness about the project will be given to them after the meeting,” Ashraf said.The project was initiated by the last council and the first street food vending cart was handed over to Pankajakshan, a street vendor, in Vyttila in August 2010. However, the project did not take off after that as the local body elections were declared by then.Ashraf said that as per the guidelines, thattukadas will not be allowed to function near drains or canals.

The Health Department will give clear instructions on the quality of food served at thattukadas to the owners.  C-Earth will design the modernised cart which will have a stainless steel sink and wash basin. Solar lamps will be used for lighting and uniforms, a pair of shoes, cap and gloves will be given to the staff in thattukadas. Identity cards will also be made mandatory for the workers,” Ashraf said.