With a view to reviving the only Night Food Street in Sector 14, the municipal corporation of Chandigarh has once again invited tenders for it from Tuesday. The food street was closed on May 17 this year.
The MC has decided to serve only vegetarian food this time. The kiosks in the food street will be leased out through draw of lots and monthly rent of each kiosk will be Rs 25,000.
The committee recommended that the number of kiosks would be reduced from eight to four and the contract would range from one to three years.
Mayor Raj Bala Malik said the officials were preparing the budgetary plans to conduct the bids. "We have come up with a plan to revive the Night Food Street after following a survey and detailed discussions. Four kiosks will be allotted through draw. We have also suggested to combine two kiosks to make it one big kiosk in order to provide sufficient area so that hygiene can be maintained."
"We are hoping that the new guidelines will be helpful in maintaining the system this time. We had to close the Night Food Street because of certain reasons, but are reviving it now and believe that it will be a success this time. In 2008, the concept of the Night Food Street was launched to promote nightlife in the city and to provide eatables to the students of Panjab University and attendants of patients at the PGI at reasonable prices, but high charges defeated the purpose," the mayor added.
The Night Food Street was in controversy as the shopkeepers were charging high rates. Later, in 2010, the Punjab and Haryana high court issued notices to the municipal corporation and UT administration over high rates charged in the city's only night food street.