The nighttime food courts set up on Grand Trunk Road, the old national highway crossing the city and connecting the city roads with the national highway to Chennai and the national highway to Hyderabad, have captured the popular imagination.
Guntur, a well-known shopping and trading center, is frequented by traders and vegetable vendors who bring their produce to sell to local distributors.
It is common to see farmers entering the city, as the bustling city barely fell asleep.
So, food is always valuable to find at odd hours and except for a few outlets near the bus station, train station, fresh food is not available.
“We welcome the decision to open night food courts. It will help the travelers and some of the students preparing for the competitions, ”says Girish, an aspirant of the competitions.
From now on, the food courts, installed at the bustling crossroads of the market, are ready to satisfy the hunger of travelers, thanks to an initiative of the urban police of Guntur.
Food stalls offer everything on a platter – from hot kichidi, pulav to idly and dosa to a variety of bajjis, ice cream, and more.
“We see that street food stands are setting up everywhere and that in the absence of regulations, vendors roam the city all night. There have been a few instances of public order issues so we have decided to follow Vijayawada’s model and allow vendors to open food courts which will be open from 11pm to 1.30am. There will also be a police patrol team. The food stalls have been set up on an experimental basis and we will follow by drafting a series of regulations, ”said Police Superintendent Guntur Urban, PHD Ramakrishna.
On Tuesday evening, the SP and its officers toured the food stalls. Police plan to give vendors ID cards, a raffle to allow vendors to set up rotational stalls and regulate traffic.