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23-04-2024
INDIAN RAILWAYS OFFERS MEALS AT ECONOMICAL PRICE FOR TRAVELLERS DURING SUMMER SEASON

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INDIAN RAILWAYS OFFERS MEALS AT ECONOMICAL PRICE

FOR TRAVELLERS DURING SUMMER SEASON

23rdApril, 2024

·To ensure easy access, these meals will be available at counters conveniently located near general second class (GS) coaches o­n platforms.

·These meal counters now operational at over 100 stations and nearly 150 counters in total across Indian Railways

·Economy meals are available at Kharagpur, Baleshwar, Hijli, Muri and Rourkela stations over SER jurisdiction

 

Great news for budget-conscious travellers! Indian Railways along with Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is stepping up to serve passengers, particularly those in unreserved coaches, with a new initiative offering hygienic meals and snacks at affordable prices. This program anticipates the surge in passenger traffic during the summer months. Indian Railways recognizes the challenges faced by those traveling in unreserved compartments (General Class Coaches), who may not always have access to convenient and budget-friendly meal options.

The initiative offers a two-pronged approach:

·Economy Meals: Priced at a pocket-friendly Rs. 20/-, these meals provide a satisfying and affordable option for passengers o­n the go.

·Snack Meals: For those seeking a lighter bite, Rs. 50/- snack meals are also available.

In addition to provision of Economy Meals at 5 stations, Packed meals as well as Snack meals are sold through the counters over SER jurisdiction. Moreover, Shalimar, Santragachi, Kharagpur, Baleshwar, Tatanagar, Rourkela, Jharsuguda and Ranchi stations have been selected as mandatory Railneer stations over SER. Close watch is kept o­n the supply of Railneer at all stations and trains to check the availability of packaged drinking water. For convenience of passengers, a total of 32 Water Vending Machines are available over SER.

To ensure easy access, these meals and water will be available at counters conveniently located near general second class (GS) coaches o­n platforms. Passengers can buy their refreshments directly from these counters, eliminating the need to search for vendors or venture outside the station.

This service was successfully piloted at about 51 stations last year. Building o­n that success, Railways has significantly expanded the program, with counters now operational at over 100 stations and nearly 150 counters in total. The initiative is slated for further growth, encompassing even more stations in the near future. This program offers a significant benefit for passengers, particularly those travelling in General Class coaches. The readily available, affordable meals and snacks ensure travelers can stay comfortable throughout their journeys.

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