Of the many government buildings that are first raised and then abandoned, a combined canteen at the mini secretariat is one.
Vaishno Bhojan Bhandar, once a good place to sit inside and enjoy food, has become a deserted structure with broken windowpanes. You'll find it to the right of the mini secretariat, just across the road.
Its business has gone to two other canteens, one to the right of the mini secretariat entrance and the other behind, that are in the hands of private contractors. The first is a tin-roof shed with some food items kept in the open. Its operator said the place was how he had got it from the first owner.
The mini secretariat holds almost all civil administration offices, and work keeps a lot of visitors busy here for the entire day, during which, they look for a reasonable place to eat outside.
Deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat said he had tried to offer the canteen contract to private parties, but none was interested, saying it was a bit off the secretariat. "After some repair, we may be able to give it to someone who is keen to run it," he said. "We'll advertise again to find a contractor."