Residents of now vacated housing colony at Keshavnagar on Tuesday returned stale lunch served to them by the Vadodara Urban Development Authoritys contract caterer. They also voiced their anger against the authorities over sub-standard food being provided to them every day after they were asked to leave their homes by the VUDA around two weeks ago.
On Tuesday afternoon,lunch came as usual for 266 families. However,they decided to return the stale meal. Residents have been living in makeshift tents ever since the colony was vacated fearing that the buildings may collapse like the two buildings in Madhavnagar society.
Nagin Walanj,a resident of Keshavnagar,said,They give us sub-standard food every day. The food seems to be leftover from elsewhere which they bring here instead of throwing it away. Today,the meal of one vegetable and chapatis was smelling foul and tasting sour. We asked the catering staff to take back the meal.
The VUDA has engaged Dhyani Caterers to provide meals to the residents since September 6. Milind Ambegaonkar,incharge of providing food to the residents,denied having served them rotten food. The residents have been complaining about the food being bland,so we made sweet-sour gravy for them. Because they thought it was rotten,I tasted the food to assure them that it was not bad. We brought fresh dal and rice after they refused to eat the first meal. I have been giving them a variety of meals despite strict instructions from VUDA to follow a simple meal plan, he said. VUDA officials refused to comment on record,but said that they have instructed the contractor to serve a combination of poori and vegetable for lunch and dal-khichadi for dinner.