India is planning to launch about 790 Indigenous Food Streets (IFS), which would serve as an authorised vending zone for street food vendors across India. This move is undertaken due to inspiration from the renowned open-air food courts in Singapore that have achieved UNESCO status. These Indian food streets would enable one to enjoy appetising dishes that would be prepared with hygiene, unlike most food vendors that keep this concern secondary. Therefore, the scheme is set to revolutionise the experience of having street food in India.
The proposal has been put forth by the Union Health Ministry of India and is currently being evaluated by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the government officials revealed. They also mentioned that a presentation regarding the Indigenous Food Streets in India has been made to the MPs in the previous parliament session. Moreover, they showed an impressive reaction and extended support to the act.
Budget And Plan For Indigenous Food Streets
The Health Ministry will be responsible for the proper execution of the project and will also fund the 790 Indian foods streets. The project outline mentions that 158 such streets would be commenced by the end of each year for the coming five years. The budget allotted for the IFS scheme is INR 395 crore, which would be used gradually over five years. About INR 50 lakhs would be spent on the creation of one such street.
The government officials quoted by the New Indian Express said that:
The creation of Indian food streets would elevate the condition of street food in the country and would promote hygiene over anything else. In addition, it will also aid food vendors to earn a decent livelihood. The Indigenous Food Streets scheme will even ensure that the local municipality bodies and officials aid in the betterment of the infrastructure and facilities in these areas.