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Amma canteens and Eco Park in Madurai get ISO certification

Four ‘Amma’ canteens in the city have been awarded ISO 9001:2008 Certification by the International Organization for Standardization.

Apart from the Amma canteens, three other public places, including Corporation Eco Park, in the Corporation area too have been certified.

Addressing media persons here on Friday, Mayor V.V. Rajan Chellappa said the Amma canteens at K. Pudur, Sandhaipettai, Tirupparankundram and Melavasal had got ISO certification.

The Corporation would take efforts to ensure that the seven other ‘Amma’ canteens functioning in the city too continued to serve quality food to the public.

“The certifications say a lot about how well we have been maintaining the canteens, and it is an honour for the entire district,” he said.

There are eleven Amma canteens in the city, including the one declared open at Government Rajaji Hospital this week.

Mr.Chellappa said three public places in the city too had been certified by the international organisation. “The Corporation Swimming pool on Dr.Thangaraj Salai received ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certifications for maintaining hygiene and cleanliness,” he added.

The Corporation Eco Park had bagged ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certifications for being a popular and well-maintained place for public recreation, and Mattuthavani Integrated Bus Stand received ISO 9001:2008 certification for having superior infrastructure, he noted.

“The Corporation is planning to complete all the development works in different wards as soon as possible,” The Mayor said, and released a booklet detailing the ongoing and future projects of the Corporation and the budget for them. Hospitals would be constructed at Anupanadi and Pudur, a public grievance office would be built at Simmakkal, and Corporation officials would have zone-wise offices soon, he added.


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