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Fasting ground is foodie haven

Anna Hazare may be on a fast, but street food vendors are making the most of Anna’s morcha

entertainment Updated: Aug 23, 2011 01:48 IST
HT City correspondent

Anna Hazare may be on a fast, but his supporters from all over the country, who have gathered at Ramlila Maidan, are not missing the chance to get a taste of Delhi’s famous street food.

Street food vendors, caterers and restaurants in and around Daryaganj and Chandni Chowk are seeing record sales, thanks to unprecedented crowds gathered at the venue.

“I used to sell around 200 plates of chhole kulche daily, but ever since Anna’s campaign has started, I have been selling more than 600 plates,” says Ramesh Kumar, a vendor outside Ramlila Maidan, who is now making over Rs 6000 daily.

“We have been selling more than 100 plates of chowmein a day. Usually, only 10 to 15 people come here to eat, but now we have had to get extra stock to cater to the demand,” says Abhishek Kumar, a chinese food vendor.

“The water used to last till 8pm daily but now the water is sold out by 2pm,” says Satender Singh, a water cart owner, who sells one glass for a rupee.

Eatery owners say the business has suddenly spiralled. “We are getting loads of customers wearing Anna caps who come with Indian flag. It’s evident they are coming from Ram Lila grounds,” says Ravi Sharma of Bhaja Govindam in Daryaganj.

It’s not just vendors, homemakers from across the city are treating protesters to delectable home cooked food like kheer and biryani which they are distributing for free.

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