CMRL's new food options

Chennai: With the aim to increase revenue, the Chennai Metro Rail Limited(CMRL) is opening small eateries at the metro stations. This is going to be used by the CMRL to improve and expand the metro rail.

The metro stations have at least one eatery. These are usually found outside the premises of the stations. The government has installed vending machines which supply soft drinks and snacks to the commuters. The prices of the items are brought down to multiples of fives making it easier to provide perfect tender.

The Alandur metro station had a Cafe Coffee Day kiosk set up a year back. It still remains the only eatery in the metro station.

“We have been here for a year. This is the only shop here. We hardly have any sales, but we are expected to keep the store here as the government uses the lease payment for the maintenance of the station,” said Anita who is the salesperson at the small shop.

Similarly, the Tibbs Frankie at the gate of Ekkattuthangal was opened a few months after the inauguration of the metro station. According to the vendor Babitra, a migrant from Bihar, part of the profit earned along with the lease amount is paid to the CMRL authorities. Tibbs Frankie at the Vedapalani sells its frankies at higher prices as it has a higher footfall as compared to the others.

The eateries are not just at the entrance but also a few meters away from it, like the Ananda Bhawan near the Arumbakkam has been there for over two years. After the metro being built, part of the revenue was given to the CMRL for the improvement and expansion of the metro.

“Sales here has not been too high, but people sure are coming here more often as compared to pre-metro time. We have our outlets at Koyambedu and Vedapalani as well. We are aiming to open one at Alandur as well.”

The vendors are not in a position to move due to the government lease. Though with such stagnation, these vendors are hoping for the metro to become popular, thus resulting in an increase in their revenue.

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