Date of Post : 19 June, 2017
Chennai: The Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has floated tenders for catering facilities at 4 stations in the city, namely Chennai Beach, Velachery, Mylapore & Thiruvanmiyur.
Tenders were initially floated last December but had to be cancelled since the catering policy of Indian Railways was being revised.
- There was uncertainty over the contract period.
- An IRCTC official said,“Now that the railway ministry has come up with the policy, tenders have yet again been called for.”
- The bids will be opened on July 12, following which, work is likely to be completed in the next 5 months.
- While Chennai Beach & Velachery are to have food plazas, which will be occupied by one or more brands, Mylapore & Thiruvanmiyur will have fast food units with comparatively less space on offer.
- The proposed food plazas & fast food units are expected to cater to the needs of commuters, using the suburban railway system of the city.
- In addition, IRCTC has also pitched the idea of operating small food joints at 3 other stations on the Chennai Beach-Chengalpattu line.
- The identified stations are Nungambakkam, Pazhavanthangal & Paranur.
- IRCTC conducted a survey and found these stations to have huge footfalls.
- An official said,“We have conveyed our proposal to Southern Railways who need to provide us with space. Following their concurrence, we will be able to initiate work on these food joints.”
- Meanwhile, work on the food plaza at Tambaram station is almost complete.
- The plaza, spread over 5,000 square feet, is likely to be opened to the public by the end of this month, IRCTC officials say.
- It has 2 components, located on East & West Tambaram sides.
- Well-known brands like McDonald’s, Saravana Bhavan, Adyar Ananda Bhavan & Madras Coffee House have taken up space in the food plaza.