Hike in food rates likely for Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto

After revising the food tariff for all trains except premier services last year, Railways have come up with a proposal to increase the rates of food served in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto.

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

Passengers in premier trains – Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto – are entitled to meals and snacks for which charges are included in the price of the ticket.

“A decision has to be taken whether the food charges will be revised without increasing the fares in premier trains, or include it in the ticket and allow the fares to go up,” a source in Railways said.

If the tariff revision is announced with inclusion of ticket rate, then fares of premier trains will see hike for the second time after the latest increase on January 22.

Railways had constituted a committee during the then Railway Minister P K Bansal’s tenure to suggest improvement in food quality and also for suitable revision in food prices which was left untouched for more than 10 years.

The panel has recommended that lunch and dinner for premier train passengers travelling in AC-II, III and chair car coaches should go up from Rs. 88 to Rs. 125.

But in the case of the AC 1 and Executive Class, there would be only a hike of Rs. 13 for lunch and dinner. Breakfast prices may increase by Rs. 24 for AC-I, and Rs. 31 for other categories of passengers.

The panel’s recommendation for hiking food tariff in premier trains was presented to Railway Minister C P Joshi in a recent review meeting.

“The Minister’s nod for hiking the food tariff in premier trains is awaited,” the source said, adding that “input cost has gone up many times since the last revision.”

Besides suggesting hike in food tariff, it has also suggested a number of measures to improve catering services in premier trains.

While some items like cold drinks and chocolates are to be removed from the menu of premier trains, ice creams and curd will be bought from reputed brands only.

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Housekeeping service likely on more trains

Encouraged by the response, railways has decided to introduce ‘on-board housekeeping services (OBHS)’ on more running mail and express trains at the country level. The railways has already introduced this new scheme in all Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto and Garib Rath trains across the country.

According to a Railway Board official, this scheme has so far been introduced in about 300 trains, including important long-distance express trains, at the country level. Under the scheme, a team of cleaning workers are hired by railways to keep coach toilets, doorways, aisles and passenger coaches neat and clean during journey from the originating to terminating stations, he said, adding railways has been incurring huge expenditure on OBHS scheme to provide homely comforts to passengers.

Under OBHS, the cleaning staff are required to be present on board the trains concerned. Passengers can call them to clean the coaches and toilets if they find them dirty and unhygienic, he said.

According to sources, identification of trains for provision of OBHS scheme is still an ongoing process in every zone of railways. Cost of OBHS provision could vary from train to train as it depends on the number and type of coaches, sources said, adding railways has been executing ‘OBHS’ scheme on public-private partnership (PPP) basis across the country.

An ECR official said about 25 pairs of mail and express trains have been brought under the ‘OBHS’ scheme in the zone. This scheme has been implemented under all five divisions of ECR. Railways has been keeping a close watch on the performance of the cleaning workers. He said Mughalsarai, Barauni, Muzaffarpur and Dhanbad have been made main centres of OBHS scheme.

According to Danapur rail division PRO Ranjit Kumar Singh, the division has introduced OBHS scheme in most of the trains originating from Rajendra NagarTerminal, Patna Junction and Danapur stations. Railways has set up a team of railway officials to make surprise check of cleanliness on running trains.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-10-14/patna/34448405_1_obhs-scheme-danapur-rail-division-railway-board

No paint, it’s just vinyl effect for Duronto

Durontos are not only known for their speed but also for their distinct exteriors. Unlike other trains on the IR, Duronto trains have a Vinyl wrapping, which apart from being cost-effective and durable, gives a glossy finish to the train. All Durontos can be easily recognized by the characteristic yellow-green livery of their passengers coach. A CR spokesperson said, “Th exercise to wrap the exterior with self adhesive vinyl film is less tedious when compared with a painting job. For example, 2-3 men can complete the wrapping of a coach in one day and no curing time is required.” Also, the gloss retention of vinyl wrapping is better than conventional paints. “No hazardous chemical are using by wrapping the vinyl. Besides, Vinyl films come with a guarantee of 18 months.”

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Railways to take over catering services from IRCTC

Railways to take over catering services from IRCTC

A man boards a local train at a railway station in Kolkata February 24, 201…Railways has decided to strip the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC) of its catering responsibilities on the Rajdhani, Duronto, Shatabdi and all other mail and express trains.

The Catering Policy-2010 finalised by Railways have clearly spelt out that “Railways shall progressively take over management of all mobile catering services including base kitchens, pantry cars and all food stalls in railway premises”.

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At present, IRCTC, a Railway subsidiary, is responsible for serving food in about 300 trains including in premier trains like Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi.

With this move, IRCTC will forgo a catering business worth at least Rs 200 crores, said a senior IRCTC official.

The Railway Board will now determine the menu and tariff for the standard meals, breakfast, tea and coffee, which are included in the fare.

The new policy comes in the wake of increased passenger complaints about the quality of food served on board trains and in stations.

IRCTC will now be responsible for selling e-ticket and i-ticket and running the Rail Neer business.

Besides, it will manage Food Plaza, Food Courts, fast food units.

However, the policy has stipulated that “all such contracts presently being managed by IRCTC, on expiry of the contract period, will be awarded by the zonal railways in a phased manner”.

IRCTC will not renew any contract required to be handed over to zonal railways on expiry of the contract.

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At present, there are about 65 food plazas across the country.

Railways will now formulate operating guidelines to implement the new catering policy.

Plagued with passenger complaints, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee had stated in her Budget speech this year that a new catering policy will be announced to improve the food quality.

Incidentally, IRCTC was formed during Mamata Banerjee’s regime in 2001.

The Jan Ahaar outlets started recently by Railways to provide affordable meals to all class of people will also be managed by zonal railways.

The policy took over a year to be finalised.

The last policy catering policy was formulated during Lalu Prasad’s regime in 2005.

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