Food in AC coaches likely to get costlier

A Railway Board panel has proposed increase in the prices of food items served to passengers.

As per the proposal, the overall increase in item rates would be higher for passengers travelling in AC-II, III and chair car categories, but would be minimum for AC-I.

Sources said some of the key recommendations of the committee were presented before railway minister C P Joshi last week.

The panel was set up in January after Joshi’s predecessor Pawan Kumar Bansal took charge of the ministry and had said that people are ready to pay little more if it helps improve quality of services.

The panel’s proposal seems aimed at both improving services and reducing railways’ loss in catering services, which was Rs 67.04 crore in 2011-12.

KRCL launches diet food in select trains

The Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd (KRCL) has launched diet food in select trains, a senior railway official said today.

“Since the time we have introduced diet food, we are getting good response. There is a section of people who are conscious about their diet even in the journey,” KRCL’s Public Relation Manager Baban Ghatge said.

The diet food is really clicking and is currently introduced on Konkan Kanya Express and Mandovi Express on stations like Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Thivim, Karmali and Margao.

The railway pantry offers a host of menu for taste buds without compromising on calories. Juices, coconut water, Green Tea and Soya Milk in beverages are available in the trai, he said.

“For Breakfast one can enjoy oatmeal, cornflakes, egg white omelete, dalia or wheat upma, fruit yogurt and others. Veg and Non-veg soups are also available on board. And if you still feel hungry, you can have grilled sandwiches, sprout chat, boiled vegetables and sugar free sweets served on your seat,” Ghatge said.

KRCL officials said that the diet food concept was launched “keeping in mind the changing time.”

The corporation, which will be celebrating its 21st foundation day tomorrow, has also added a feather to its cap by introducing a service for senior citizens free of costs.

Aptly named as ‘Shravan Seva’ after mythological character of Shravan Bal depicted in Ramayana, who carried his elderly parents on the shoulders, the service provides free coolie services on major stations on select trains.