Trivandrum: The controversy surrounding the quality of food served in hotels and restaurants in the city is dying a natural death in the media. But amidst the shocking revelations unearthed in the hotel kitchens, footages were also shown about the fish market at Palayam being infested with worms.
“It is simply not possible since it is mandatory to have the area cleaned and sanitised once every two days,” said K Chandrika, Mayor of Trivandrum City Corporation.
In the video footages shown, thousands of worms were seen wriggling over the slimy floors and wastewater channels in the fish market. However the Mayor puts the instance as a staged act carried out by rivals.
“There is no way that anyone would have allowed the market to function under such pitiable conditions. What happened over there was a preplanned act staged by rivals of the corporation,” said the Mayor.
The worm infestation at Palayam fish market was brought out at the time when the corporation was conducting random inspections at hotels all over the city in the wake of a death due to food poisoning. As the heat of the issue of food quality in restaurants slowly lost its momentum in daily news, many of the way side 'thattukadas' and tea shops, which had disappeared since the eruption of the controversy, have started to re-appear in their regular spots.
A plan to relocate the fish market to a separate block was included in the renovation project of Connemara Market. But unfortunately the project itself lies shelved at the moment, and the fish market, with worms or without it, seems destined to function at the same place as before.