Railway economy meal for Rs 10 per packet

PATNA: Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has introduced economy meals at several stations of the East Central Railway (ECR) at the instance of railway minister Mamata Banerjee.

The facility for now has been made available at Patna Junction, Gaya, Barauni, Mughalsarai, Muzaffarpur, Samastipur, Darbhanga, Hajipur and other stations to cater to the needs of common people, IRCTC regional manager Rajesh Rana said, adding each packet is being sold at Rs 10 only.

The economy meal packet contains seven `puris’, 150 gram vegetable and 15 gram pickles. “Around 13,000 packets of meals are being sold every day at these stations,” Rana said.

There is a huge demand for economy meals at Patna Junction, Gaya, Mughalsarai, Barauni and Muzaffarpur stations, and this yields handsome revenue for railways. Initially, this meal was popular on railway platforms. But now passengers also purchase the packets before boarding trains. Railways is keen to further improve its quality by adding new items to the prescribed menu, Rana said.

The economy meal packets would be soon made available at other stations. IRCTC has given a few stalls of economy meals to private parties on contract while it has been managing its own stalls at major stations, Rana said and added IRCTC has deputed food inspectors to ensure quality and hygiene.

According to sources, the sudden escalation in prices of essential commodities is now making it difficult for IRCTC to stick to the pricing.

Published in: on March 25, 2010 at 4:40 pm  Leave a Comment  
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