Attention to train travellers! Be ready to pay more for your meals on the train when you travel next. Indian Railways has revised the menu and tariff of catering services on Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto and standard meals in Mail or Express trains. The revised food prices are going to be effective from March 29, 2020.
Before this, food prices of Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto were revised in 2013 while the meal tariffs of Mail and Express trains were rationalized 7 years back in 2012. Meals in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains are discretional and catering charges are inclusive of the ticket fare when the passengers opt for food. The effect of the hike in food prices will range between 3 to 9 percent for travellers who opt for food in premium trains.
The food prices have been revised to provide variety, hygiene and good quality food to the train passengers. Regional flavour snacks will also be introduced to train travellers. A snack meal with regional items, cuisine and flavour of 350 grams portion is going to be introduced as one of the meal variety at Rs 50. In addition to this, Indian Railways has also decided to offer Biryani as a standard meal variety (veg, egg and chicken at a price of Rs 80, 90 and 110 respectively).
Janta meal charges remain the same at Rs 20. To avoid the defraud in the name of a-la-carte meals, railways have decided to stop the sale of a-la-carte meals in Mail and Express trains. Although snacks like samosa, pakoda and others would still be permitted for sale.
Measures by Railways for Optimum Quality of food
In order to maintain hygiene in kitchen, CCTV cameras have been installed equipped with live streaming facility on Rail Drishti app as well as on IRCTC website.
Periodic third-party audits to be carried out by reputed and independent agencies to ensure the top-notch quality of food.
Fine quality biodegradable food packaging material along with the QR coding on meals shall be introduced by IRCTC to maintain the stringent food quality.
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