Interior of 'Pink Cafe' designed inside a condemned KSRTC bus
Thiruvananthapuram: The District Kudumbashree Mission is giving an opportunity for people to enjoy special dishes sitting inside KSRTC buses. Two abandoned buses of KSRTC have been converted into cafe on wheels in two crowded areas in the capital city.
The stalls named as 'Pink Cafe' and 'Cafe Kudumbashree' will be launched in Thampanoor and Kizhakkekotta. The seats are arranged in a way allowing 10 people to dine at a time. Meals and snacks will be available in these cafes. The stalls will be open from 6 am to 11 pm. Apart from in-dine facility, parcel service also will be available.
Vegetables from Kudumbashree farmers units and meat from poultry farms will be used to prepare food in the cafes. Each stall will give job to 10 employees. They will be trained by Kudumbashree. 'Pink Cafe' will be opened on November first week and 'Cafe Kudumbashree' will be launched by second week.
Rs 6 lakh is spent for converting a bus into a cafe. Rs 2.1 lakh was required for arranging the kitchen. Kudumbashree spent Rs 1 lakh for each bus. Also, Rs 1 lakh will be granted as investment. Rs 20,000 per month is paid to KSRTC as rent for 3 years.
The wayside cafes are run by Yuvashree team recognised by the District Kudumbashree Mission. Each cafe is handled by a team of five members. Mangaluru native Subha is the leader of the Pink Cafe team and Kochulloor native Aswathi is leading the Cafe Kudumbashree team.
Both Subha and Aswathi said that they focus on providing traditional food items cooked in healthy way. Steam-cooked foods will be given more importance than the fried ones. Also organic produce will be used in the kitchen, they said.