Bihar: Muzaffarpur’s Motijheel-Kalyani will become street food hub

Devesh Kumar, Muzaffarpur

Bihar. A national level “Street Food Hub” will soon be built between Motijheel-Kalyani Chowk of Muzaffarpur city, which is taking the shape of a smart city. Efforts to launch the Modernization of 100 Food Streets scheme started by the Central Government with the aim of serving clean and healthy food have now intensified in Muzaffarpur also.

Following the guidelines received from the government, the Municipal Corporation, after great brainstorming, has selected the part between Kalyani-Motijheel for this, where the movement of vehicles will be stopped for five-six hours in the evening (No Vehicle Zone) and declared from the bridge. Street food counters will be opened in the middle of the road from Kalyani Chowk, where the city residents will be able to enjoy various types of traditional and desired flavours. Meanwhile, there will be no parking for bikes or cycles anywhere on the road or in front of the shop.

It is said that after the Lok Sabha elections, the Municipal Corporation will complete the necessary administrative action. The scheme started in July 2023. A monitoring committee has been formed at the state level, in which the Municipal Commissioner has also been included as a member. Let us tell you that special funds have to be received from the government for this.

Health Ministry will monitor
With the aim of providing clean and healthy food, there is a plan to develop 100 food streets i.e. traditional food streets in 100 districts of the country. For this, the Union Health Ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has requested the states and union territories.

Clean street food hub will be built
The banks of the 15th century Kankaria Lake in Ahmedabad became the first “Clean Street Food Hub” in the country in 2018, certified by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). There are about 60 vendors in this entire area, who serve dishes like pav bhaji, samosa, dhokla, pani puri, bhel puri, dabeli, khichu, ice cream, coffee etc. in a very hygienic manner to about 1.2 crore people every year.

These come in street food
Bhutta, Juice, Momos, Idli-Sambhar, Bada-Sambhar, Dosa, Anarsa, Jhalmuri, Peanuts, Maggi, Ice Cream, Noodles, Chow Mein, Bagare, Biryani, Rewari, Kachori, Puri-Sabji, Jalebi, Coffee, Tea, Lassi, Apart from Rabdi, Imarti, chips, there are dozens of street foods including Aloo Chaat, Chaat-Pakodas, Samosa, Aloo Tikki, Golgappa, whose name makes your mouth water. The taste of these street foods is such that one does not get satisfied after eating them again and again.

Objective to provide hygienic food items to tourists

The objective of developing street food hub is to increase the business of street food vendors, dhaba operators, sellers of food items and to provide hygienic food items to the local people as well as tourists. To set up your counter in the identified street food hub, you will have to register with the Municipal Corporation.

There is a discussion going on to make the area between Motijheel Bridge and Kalyani Chowk a street food hub. When it will start. Then the movement of vehicles between Golambar and Kalyani Chowk of Motijheel Bridge will be completely closed. This middle part will be declared a no vehicle zone. Work on the plan has been going on since last July. Naveen Kumar, Municipal Commissioner

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