Nagpur: In a bid to address one of the growing concerns of passengers who commute via railways, IRCTC is looking at ways to improve the available food services. One of the proposed measures to tackle the issue along the central railway route is to set up 6 fast food units along the Nagpur division.
- According to initial reports, the units have been proposed at Ajni, Ballarshah, Wardha, Dhamangaon, Chandrapur & Sevagram railway stations.
- The move follows the incorporation of the Catering Policy that had been issued on 27th February 2017.
- Under the proposed plan, the fast food units will be run under private licenses, that will each be allotted 150 square feet of floor space on platforms to run their operations.
- IRCTC is also looking at improving operations in pantry cars of running rails.
- “We have taken over 76 passenger trains including 40 mail/express and remaining premium trains like Rajdhani and Duronto where licensees have been appointed on pantry cars and food is also made available on mobiles. In Nagpur 15 quality food providers have been appointed.” Ahad Siddiqui, area manager (catering services), IRCTC. was quoted as having said.
- Meals for all mobile units will be picked up from the nominated kitchens owned and operated by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation.
- According to the catering policy, IRCTC has been mandated to distinguish primarily between food preparation & food distribution.
- The corporation has long been looking at developing different types of kitchens to enhance the quality of food & expand the business.