All the canteens maintained by state-owned Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) in Chennai were operating without the required food safety licenses and registration certificates from the concerned authorities. These canteens cater to nearly 24,300 MTC employees including drivers and conductors have come under the scanner after reports emerged of poor quality food being served.
It took an MTC employee Anbazhgan, a worker at Chrompet bus depot who took up the issue with higher authorities and approached the food safety wing mentioning that many MTC employees fell sick after consuming food from the depot canteens and some were frequently hospitalised for diarrhoea and other related ailments.
After this complaint, seven different teams of the food safety department headed by R Kathiravan, designated officer, conducted an inspection all the 20 canteens across the capital city on June 19. “It was found that all the canteens, maintained by MTC in their bus depots, were functioning without obtaining food safety licences and registration certificates,” Kathiravan said in his reply to the complainant.