An outlet for beverages like tea, coffee etc. and snacks in Chennai, Gilli Chai has launched women-powered mobile tea shops on electric auto rickshaws or e-autos. The first fleet of mobile chai outlets was inaugurated this week by Minister for Industries M C Sampath and Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar.
The first-of-its-kind snacks outlets in Chennai, with women-driven e-autos, will ply across the city, and offer various types of tea, coffee, snacks and cookies, reported The New Indian Express.
“These autos serve hot tea and snacks… the fleet would mostly be managed by the women workforce. The city will see more of these outlets in bus stands, railway stations, parks, playgrounds, IT parks and tourist spots,” said Mohamed Rahmathullah, the managing director of the company, according to a statement.
Fleet of mobile chai outlets of Gilli Chai in electric autos, operated by women were flagged off from Saidapet Metro station. These vehicles will sell everything from Sulaimani chai to Chocochip cookies in areas including Kodambakkam, Vadapalani and Adyar @THChennai #ChennaiMetro pic.twitter.com/z8oBnP4PL2
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The statement added that with a gender-neutral employment policy, the overall workforce in the outlet includes men, women, transgenders, and the differently abled. “In addition to the mobile chai outlets, traditional outlets have been opened in Chennai, Puducherry and Dubai,” said Azhagar Raja, operations director of Gill Chai.
Gilli Chai launches women-powered mobile chai outlets in Chennai. Ministers D Jayakumar and M C Sampath inaugurated it at the Saidapet Metro premises. @xpresstn @NewIndianXpress pic.twitter.com/WTMmCT5AG4
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Also present during the launch were Balakrishnan Velaiah, joint commissioner, North Chennai, Pradeep Yadav, managing director of CMRL, and Mansoor Ali Khan, chairman, Mauto Group of Companies.