Chandigarh, July 9, 2020: The Department of Communi-ty Medicine and SPH, PGIMER, Chandigarh and Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh had jointly initiated a project with special focus on street food hygiene.
As a part of this project, the pilot model smart food cart designed under the supervision of Dr Kumar Pushkar, was gifted as an award to Pawan, a street food vendor operating near the Elante Mall. The team had also designed a cart for ‘tea vendors’ (Chai ki Chuski Cart).
Now, the third cart for ‘golgappa/chaat’ (Chandigarh ki Chatpatti Chaat Cart) sellers has also been fabricated by Raghuveer. These were gifted as an award to Nutan (operating her tea stall in front of PGI gate) and Dinesh Kumar (doing business from Sector 44) respectively today by KK Yadav, Commssion-er, Chandigarh Municipal Corporation.
Sorabh K. Arora, Joint Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, Dr. Arun Aggarwal, Professor and Dr Ishwarpreet from Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health attended the event. These pilot smart food carts have been designed with many food safety features.
These are made up of stainless steel materi-al. There are numerous food safety features such as slot for drinking water, a designated place for storing raw and cooked food sepa-rately, facilities for keeping soap, space for keeping apron, caps and gloves.
It has gas cylinder / stove provision and is equipped with a fire extinguisher and LED lights. There are dustbins to segregate dry and wet waste separately as per MCC specifica-tions. Display board provides all the important phone numbers and digital mode of payment options are also available.
This smart food pilot cart is expected to improve hygiene standards of street food ven-dors. It might also give a fillip to the street food vending operation in Chandigarh under the stewardship of MCC and can be a role model for the rest of the country.