Train food price hike chugs in

The Southern Railway has hiked the rates of food items served on trains and at railway platforms shocking passengers.

The price of most of the food items has shot up by Rs 2 to Rs 10. The prices of food items sold on outlets on the platforms are marginally less, however. The new prices came into effect from Sunday.

While the prices of most food items have been hiked, the railway authorities have maintained status quo as far the prices of tea, coffee and standard meals are concerned. They need the permission of the Railway Board to hike the prices of these items.

The new rate card is applicable for trains in the Southern Railway zone comprising six divisions — Chennai, Salem, Madurai, Thiruvananthapuram, Palakkad and Tiruchirapalli.

The passengers, especially regular passengers, are miffed at the new rate card as it was implemented without prior notice. Also, the new price list is yet to be made available, keeping passengers in the dark on the price of most items.

And there are complaints that some contractors are fleecing passengers taking advantage of the situation.

“The railways could have shown the courtesy of informing passengers about the price hike before implementing it,” said S K Jayakumar, general secretary, All Kerala Railway Passengers’ Association.

The new rates are not acceptable given the quantity and quality of the food served on trains, he added. He also said the association had decided to forward memorandums to the divisional railway manager and Union railway minister expressing discontent over the matter.

According to the railway authorities, the government order on hike in prices came on November 1. But the catering contractors started implementing it only by November 10.

“It is after a gap of six years that the prices of food items have been hiked,” sources said. A railway official in the Thiruvananthapuram division told TOI that they hadn’t been given any instruction on informing passengers about the new rates.

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