Visakhapatnam: Waking up to the crisis, Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) has resumed food supply to most of the COVID hospitals in the state.

The APTDC would also be extending the facility to COVID Care Centers from Monday.

Last year, the state government spent Rs 25 lakh per day on food distribution through AP Tourism Development Corporation. The active cases then were 93, 204, and half of them were in hospitals.

This year, the government is contemplating supplying food to most of the 74,231 active cases.

Executive director of APTDC A Malreddy said collectors of East and West Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Kurnool, and Anantapur have asked the corporation to supply food.

"Most likely we may supply from Monday when the COVID Care Centers open all over the state," Malreddy said.

The price may vary from district to district. In Visakhapatnam, the cost could be Rs 400 per day including breakfast, lunch, snacks, tea, and dinner. The price will be 240 in West Godavari where the collector sought only vegetarian food. The corporation makes no money from the food supply, he said.

The menu includes Ragi malt at 6 am followed by breakfast of two south Indian varieties like Idli, Dosa, Uttapam, Upma, and Pongal at 7 am, two chapattis, flavored rice, plain rice, two vegetable curries, one cup of leafy dal, 100 grams of chicken, a cup of curd, pickle, banana, and a bottle of water. High tea with snacks is supplied at 4 pm and the dinner at 7 pm includes two chapattis, white rice, two boiled eggs, two vegetable curries, curd, banana, and water bottle.

In Visakhapatnam, 400 food packets will be supplied to KGH, 300 to VIMS, 1500 to COVID Center at Mudarlova and Bakkannapalem.


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