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ROADSIDE eateries

THE MUSHROOMING of roadside eateries in Madurai needs to be urgently arrested. The Madurai Corporation should take stringent action against such eating joints which fail to maintain minimum cleanliness level and are a source of gastrointestinal problems.

After ensuring the clean surroundings of roadside eateries and the quality of water used by them, the health department should exercise discretion in issuing licences. There should be surprise inspections by other departments like labour, police and fire given the hazardous way these units are run and also since most of them use child labour.

10, Town Hall Road,

FROM SELLING `murukku', `thattai' and `coffee', roadside eateries now also sell `vadai', `bajji' and sweets. Though they are a nuisance to pedestrians, people still prefer to take a break at these eateries given the better taste of some items and also the cost. During the night some of these eateries convert into drive-in restaurants which is another attraction as it saves from the hassle of parking. However, it can be hazardous.

A/T/2, Porkudam apartments,
Bypass Road, Madurai-10.

THE CONCEPT of wayside eating has been in vogue in Madurai for decades together. They are a boon not only to the residents but also the businessmen and tourists who visit or pass through the city at all odd hours. A major problem with the roadside eateries is they encroach upon public areas causing hardship to pedestrians and traffic. Also, they do not bother much about hygiene and atmosphere. They throw the waste on roadside, which pose health hazards. The health department should impose some restrictions to curb such practices.

42/1, Mahal 2nd Street,

ROADSIDE EATERIES are a common sight in the city today. The concept of instant hot tiffins or fast food is catching up and goes well with not only the not-so-rich but even the luxury car owners. Sadly, it is the hygiene that everybody seems to be ignoring. Amid dust and garbage, feasting mosquitoes and flies, the mobile eateries do brisk business from dawn to dusk. Unmindful of the surroundings and the stench, some of these eateries are even stationed next to public toilets. They even occupy space on prime roads leading to traffic congestion during peak hours.

Though the Madurai Corporation and the Public Health Department have initiated some action like imposing fines and even confiscating the mobile units with the paraphernalia, the growth of roadside eateries remains uncontrolled. The onus is with the customers who patronise these eateries to opt for an alternative and help in keeping the city clean.

A.Tirumalai Prakash,
11, Roja Street, IOC Nagar,

LACK OF time and laziness is killing peoples' health and roadside eateries are proliferating because they offer a quick bite at a very affordable price. Irrespective of their unclean surroundings people are getting big business for the eateries and popularizing them instead of realizing the value and following the proverbial saying, `prevention is better than cure'.

R.Suresh Kannan,
III B.Sc., Physics,
Madura College,

THERE IS hardly anything positive to be seen in roadside eateries. By encroaching on pavements they cause problems for pedestrians and even commuters boarding a bus.

With zero cleanliness level, their surroundings is an eye sore. They are like pollutants in the society with no sense of social responsibility. Many eateries employ under-age children and make them work from morning till midnight thus abusing the rights of a child and violating the Convention against Child Labour. It is our duty to put an end to such a menace.

Plot 139, Swamy Vivekananda Nagar,

IMITATION IS the best form of flattery and it should be done with the finest detail. The concept of roadside eateries is an idea borrowed from abroad, where such eating joints are kept beautiful and clean. But in our country people are hardly bothered about cleanliness and hygiene.

Small entrepreneurs with low investment just install their joints at any available space and tick because they offer a good feast at a moderate price.

Rather such eateries should be allowed to come up in areas where the traffic is light and they should not be allowed to run beyond 10 p.m.

Also care should be taken to maintain a minimum level of cleanliness and in beautifying the surroundings.

"Sri Gokulam"
No.3(16), SBO Colony,
Doak Nagar, Kochadai,

MADURAI CITY is nicknamed 'Thoonga nagaram' given the history of its roadside eateries which are open through the night. It is a common sight to see even ladies running these eateries till late into the night.

The middle class makes a living out of this business and therefore, they can't really be stopped from functioning even if they are considered a nuisance or are causing hindrance to traffic movement.

There popularity too cannot be under-estimated.

Not only business during nights is brisk when idlis, dosai, idiyapam are served but even day business is equally hectic for these eatery owners.

People don't tire of sipping tea and trying the different types of vadais as it also works as a cheap option for meeting and chatting up with friends.

What is of concern is hygiene. The snacks are mostly lying uncovered in the dusty environs. Some roadside eateries on wheels (the mobile vans) even provide seating arrangement right in the middle of the road causing traffic snarls.

Roadside eateries may have become a way of life. But it is the duty of every civic body and citizens themselves to ensure a healthy eating style. For a cheap price, health cannot be risked.

H-998, Ellis Nagar,

ROADSIDE EATERIES have grown in great numbers in Madurai, especially in and around Amman Sannathi area.

The main attraction is the low price of eatables like Re.One for each vadai or bajji.

But people ignore the lack of cleanliness and its fall-out.

It is deplorable to see at times how these eatables are prepared on the spot, even without proper washing of hands or cleaning of utensils.

It will be better if eatables are stored in covered containers, to ward off dust, flies and mosquitoes.

The corporation authorities should periodically conduct surprise visits so that an element of fear will help to guard public health.

K.Kolappa Pillai,
4, Meenakshi Street,

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