Once popular amongst citys people,the Night Food Street near PGI is losing its charm gradually,as only two out of eight kiosks are still open. Soon after its establishment in 2008,it began drawing huge crowds. Nowadays,unhygienic conditions and fewer kiosks have driven customers away.
Susheel Gulati who was managing a kiosk at Night Food Street told Newsline,Kiosk number four and six are functioning these days. Municipal Corporation has not done new allotments because some of the cases pending in the court.
Ishan Sharma,a student,said,Earlier I used to come here,but I havent visited Night Food Street since last one month. The state of sanitation is not appreciable,they dont even sweep the surroundings properly. And it is no longer a place where one can come with family as youngsters drink here and create a ruckus.
The Night Food Street was started near Panjab University and PGI to cater to families of patients and students. Mukesh Kagra,an employee at PGIMER said,I think the food available at Night Food Street is not affordable for every patient coming to PGI.
The rates they charge are so high,for a student to pay daily for food. Even sanitary conditions are so pathetic, said Virender Kumar,a student. He added that there are other eateries in the vicinity,which are much more affordable and where better food is available.
An official of the Municipal Corporation stated that the prices of dishes would be finalised soon and the Street refurbished. The price was to be decided after comparing rates with a few other eateries in the adjoining areas.