Now residents of 29 villages located in Andhra’s Guntur district, where the government has pooled land for construction of Amaravati, the new capital city, can look forward to relishing south Indian fast foods and meal at NTR (Anna) Canteens at a low and affordable price. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated one such canteen here on Saturday and had a taste of the items along with Deputy Chief Minister N. Chinarajappa, Guntur MP Jayadev Galla, and others. He said these canteens would be set up in all the 29 villages across Mangalagiri, Tadepalli and Thullur in the coming months.
According to The Hindu, being run by the Akshaya Patra Charitable Foundation (APCF) of Hare Krishna Movement, the canteens would be eventually extended throughout the state. The APCF has been identified as the implementing agency by the A.P. Capital Region Development Authority. The canteens were promised to be set up under Schedule 3 (1) (iii) of the Land Pooling Scheme.
The canteens are modelled on the lines of Amma Canteens that gained immense popularity in Tamil Nadu. In the Anna Canteens of Andhra Pradesh, an idly costs just Re 1, while 200 grams of pongal and an equal quantity of tomato bath costs Rs 5 each. Two hundred grams of sambar rice, pulihora (tamarind rice) and vegetable rice costs Rs 5 each, and 150 grams of curd rice costs Rs 3.