Ujjain Gets First-Of-Its-Kind Health Food Street
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The city of Ujjain, renowned for its Mahakal temple, is also home to what is the first of a 100 pilot health food streets slotted to come up across the country. Known as Prasadam – as a way of referring to the auspicious remnants that is savoured by devotees in temples, the initiative is meant to connect citizens to safe and healthy food options that promote local and traditional cuisine. Launched on Sunday by the Union Health Minister, Mansukh Mandaviya and Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Mohan Yadav, the health food street was said to further promote the mission of ‘Vikas Bharat’.

The food street was one among the multiple health-based initiatives that were launched – some of which include an additional 30-bed ward for emergency COVID cases, an official website for the Healthy and Hygienic Food Street initiative – complete with a brochure outlining the standards of safety practices intended to be undertaken. With the branding of these health food streets being propagated as per FSSAI guidelines, financial assistance of 1 crore has been allotted for each of the upcoming food streets.

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Built on the premises of Mahakal Lok, Prasadam is a collaborative effort between FSSAI and Smart City, where devotees and visitors can get a taste of the regional food without the risk of contracting illnesses. The food street will also include a stall where the hygiene levels of food items served will be tested and quality controlled across the 19 shops that are set to spring up in the 939 square meter space. The facility will also have a children’s play area, drinking water facilities, parking spaces, public seating and continuous CCTV surveillance.