Huzurabad: While political parties and leaders are battling for an upper hand in the Huzurabad Assembly constituency where bypoll is scheduled to be held on October 30, small eateries and fast food joints are witnessing increased footfalls, thanks to the influx of political leaders and workers in the constituency in the last couple of months.
One particular snack centre in the town — Chelpur Chinnagare Centre — however, has been attracting a large number of customers, especially politicians, who are making a beeline for the ‘chinna garelu’ (small wadas) that the eatery serves. The snack, comprising 10 small wadas, is served with chutney made of red hot chilli powder. This eatery has already gained popularity not only in the town but also in neighbouring areas for the tasty snacks, especially the ‘chinna garelu’.
Located on the Karimnagar-Warangal main road in front of the Huzurabad bus stand, the tiffin centre has been operating from a tiny room for the last 45 years. Besides locals, people passing by also make it a point to visit the tiffin centre to enjoy the ‘chinna garelu’.
With the election fever rising, the hordes of politicians, who have pitched camp in the town, have become regulars at the eatery. The centre usually runs from 4 pm to 10 pm every day. However, the owner, in the recent past, has started opening the centre from noon in the wake of the increase in demand.
Speaking to ‘Telangana Today’, a political leader from Siddipet district, Ramesh said he and his friends are regularly visiting the tiffin centre for the last ten days to have ‘chinna garelu’. Moreover, the rate is reasonable, he added. Another customer, Ramchander, who was travelling from Karimnagar to Hanamkonda, said he makes it a point to have ‘chinna garelu’ whenever he passes by the town since he doesn’t get such tasty garelu in other areas. Centre owner Gannu Ravinder said people would like his snack item because of its taste, and quality. He does not compromise on the quality of ingredients used to prepare the snack.
People from Warangal, Hanamkonda, Karimnagar, Jagitial, Korutla, Metpalli and other areas pick up takeaway parcels from the centre while passing through the town. He named the tiffin centre after Chelpur since his father operated a snack centre in Chelpur village of Huzurabad mandal for 60 years. Learning the preparation of the snack from his father, he started a centre in Huzurabad 45 years ago and running it successfully. Not keen on revealing his income, Ravinder said he gets satisfaction when he gets compliments from the people.
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