In yet another attempt to revive the much touted Food Street in Sector 48, which has been lying deserted for two years, the Municipal Corporation (MC) have once again reached out to those interested to take the kiosks at the Food Street. Earlier, tenders were floated thrice but there were no takers. Three units (comprising two kiosks each) would be given on a monthly licence basis for three years extendable upto maximum five years. The minimum reserve fee for one unit has been kept at Rs 20,000 and an earnest money of Rs 50,000 has to be deposited.
The local councillor Davesh Moudgil had raised it in the House meeting that expression of interest from big eating joints such as Dominos or Pizza Hut could be called here.
“ I had taken it up with the authorities that if expenditure has been done by the civic body on this, why don’t the people from the southern sector be given the facilities,” said Moudgil.
In the absence of eating joints or any proper commercial belt here, the Food Street was constructed for residents of the southern sectors in Chandigarh. However, the project fell flat after there were no takers for all the six kiosks in the complex. The Food Street failed to start functioning despite the civic body forming groups of two kiosks each and lowering the rent from Rs 50,000 to Rs 20,000 for each unit.
The foundation of the Food Street was laid in December 2009 and even then there had been many stumbling blocks. When the MC finally managed to get a contractor for the work, after floating tenders seven times, it found that the proposed site fell in the way of a slow carriageway. The plans were later revised and the site was shifted. The contractor then refused to execute the work, saying that the cost of material had gone up.
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The project was finally completed at a cost of Rs 25 lakh and was inaugurated in February 2014.
The civic body had expedited work on this after its night food street initiatives near Panjab University and PGI had functioned well for a year.
Those intiatives too have run into rough weather after the civic body changed the policy of allotment of the kiosks, to an auction instead of renting them out.