Second NTR Canteen in Amaravati opened

Amaravati: The NTR Canteen that was proposed for the people of the 29 villages who have given their lands in land pooling for the capital is becoming a reality. The first canteen was inaugurated by Chief Minister at Velagapuid on June 25, 2016. The second NTR Canteen was inaugurated at Thulluru, the mandal headquarters on January 10, 2017 by local legislator Tenali Sravan Kumar, along with the APCRDA commissioner Dr Cherukuri Sreedhar. The CRDA has plans to start one more canteen at Yerrabalem.

The first canteen opened at Velagapudi would serve the poorest of the poor of Mandadam, Velagapudi, Malkapuram, Ainavolu, Venkatayapalem, Tallayapalem, Krishnayapalem and Uddandarayunipalem villages. This would also serve the employees of the Secretariat at Velagapudi and the visitors to the new capital.

The second NTR Canteen opened at Thullur would serve the people of Thulluru, Abbarajupalem, Borupalem, Dondapadu, Anantavaram, Nekkallu, Sakhamarru, Nelapadu, Rayapudi and Lingayapalem villages, while the third canteen scheduled to come up at Yerrabalem would serve the people of Undavalli, Penumaka, Nowluru, Betapudi, Neerukonda, Kuragallu, Nidamarru and Yerrubalem villages.

The NTR Canteens are part of the promise of the APCRDA under Schedule 3 (1) (iii) (c) of the Land Pooling Scheme of the government launched for the new capital spread over 29 villages of Thulluru, Mangalagiri and Tadepalli mandals on the banks of river Krishna. The scheme is aimed at providing food for the poorest of the poor who are set to be displaced as the agriculture lands are taken over for the capital construction.

The APCRDA had signed an MoU with Hare Krishna Movement (HKM) that serves 1.50 million meals per day across the country under “Akshaya Patra” scheme. The HKM had already established a modern kitchen at Velagapudi at a cost of Rs 2.50 crore of which the APCRDA had contributed Rs 35 lakh as capital expenditure. The canteen is preparing 28000 meals a day supplying to the children of 172 primary schools in the three capital mandals of Thulluru, Tadepalli and Mangalagiri, besides the employees of the temporary secretariat at Velagapudi, the poorest of the poor of the 8 villages in the area and the visitors to the new capital. The kitchen now would supply food to the people of 10 villages around Thulluru mandal headquarters town.

The NTR Canteen would supply 1 idly at Rs 1, 200 grams of Pongal and Tomato Bath each at Rs 5 for the breakfast. They would also supply 200 grams each of Sambar rice, lemon rice and vegetable rice at Rs 5 each and 150 grams of curd rice at Rs 3.

The HKM would soon establish a central modern kitchen at Mangalagiri to cater to the mid-day meal scheme of more number of schools in the capital area and the neighbouring districts.

Legislator Tenali Sravan Kumar, who inaugurated the canteen said that the scheme would benefit the poorest of the poor who have lost their livelihood with the government taking over the agriculture lands where these people were working as labourers. This was the social concern of the government, he said and expressed confidence that the people would make use of it.

CRDA Commissioner Dr Cherukuri Sreedhar said that the CRDA had fulfilled its promise of opening NTR Canteens and supplying nutritious food for the people. The canteens were also serving the employees of the Secretariat and the visitors to the capital, he added. The food scheme would be extended to other parts of the capital city to ensure that the benefit reaches every person, including the visitors. “The third canteen proposed at Yerrubalem would be opened in the next ten days,” the CRDA Commissioner declared.

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