The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) plans to open pantries and kitchens to cater to low-end industrial workers and high-end software professionals in Chennai soon as part of its general expansion plans. IRCTC officials are holding negotiations with leading IT firms on OMR like Cognizant, TCS and STPI for opening kitchens or pantry units to serve cooked vegetarian and non-vegetarian food there. Cognizant sought to see IRCTC kitchen before outsourcing catering work, while STPI has sent papers to New Delhi for allotting pantry space, senior IRCTC officials told DC referring to Ernakulam Info Park.
There would be light in nearly 50 households in Uppukaramedu in Ambattur for the first time in 30 years. The solar-power connection to the households has been possible largely because of the efforts of Grand Lodge of India (GLI), a social organization that came forward to set up solar panels in their hamlet at a cost of Rs 5.5 lakh following a report carried in Deccan Chronicle.
The organisation had set up 800 Kva capacity solar panels to supply power to 46 houses and to install six streetlights. All the houses has been provided with a light bulb and a plug point to charge their mobiles, said Dr Balaraman Biswakumar of GLI. Biswakumar said that this is the 90th hamlet to be covered under their Jyotirgamaya project of providing solar lights to remote villages all over India that do not have electric power.