Coming soon: A 10 meal at railway stns

By the end of this month, Mumbai may not only get its first Jan Ahaar—low priced eating cafeteria—but a second one as well. Both CR and WR are working hard to open these yellow and green economic joints at CST and Mumbai Central, respectively.

While CR officials are noncommittal as to when their outlet will open its doors saying “it may open any day now and hopefully before the month end,” WR sources said they are targeting a January 26 inaugural. CR is currently debating whether the food items would be cooked or outsourced.

Divisional railway manager (DRM), CR, M C Chauhan, told TOI of the need for economical food at CST. The cafeterias will offer a plate of ‘Janta Khana’ comprising seven puris and baji at Rs 10. The same item (though of lesser quantity) will be priced at Rs 25 at the ‘Refresh’ counters of CST.

Similarly, a 50-gram vegetable samosa at Jan Ahaar would be priced at Rs 5 while a 40-gm veg samosa at Refresh is Rs 6.

“CR carried out infrastructural changes to the space which used to be a refreshment room; it will be operated by the IRCTC till the time departmental catering along with staff is handed over to railways.”

The eatery at CST is at two levels—the takeaway counter (45 square metres) is on the ground floor. On WR, the much delayed eatery will be spread over an area of 400 square metres.