Pune: Food dispensers, a staple of many Indian households, are set to be rolled out in the state capital Pune soon.
According to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), the city has set up a food dispensing centre (FDCC) at the Pankapeti Road intersection in Parel, with the first batch of the machines scheduled to be put in place in the coming days.
The machines, which cost between Rs 3,000 and Rs 4,000 each, will be fitted with a metal detector and have a mobile payment system.
Food dispensers have been the staple of millions of Indians, but it is a long-term investment and is highly dependent on the availability of space, said Rajeev Shrivastava, the city’s deputy mayor.
He said the city will invest up to Rs 10 lakh for the project and has already paid for the cost of installing the machines.
According to a report in The Hindu newspaper in September, a city-wide pilot project to provide a digital-enabled food dispensation service to residents of Pune is scheduled to begin by the end of September.
The report said the pilot project will be piloted in Poonam, which is one of the most densely populated areas in Puducherry.
The project will also help improve connectivity between Pune and other parts of the state.
The Pune FDCC, which will be run by the state’s food department, will have a total capacity of 10,000, and will be able supply food to residents in 10,200 homes.
Shrivastav said the FDCC will be open to the public from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, and 10am to 7pm on Saturdays and Sundays.