Railways to set up Mechanized Laundries

washed linen and hygienic food at affordable prices to its passengers. With a view to further improve upon the standards of cleanliness and hygiene in the linen supplied to passengers in trains, Railways are in the process to set up mechanized laundries at important coaching depots.

New Catering Policy, 2010 has also been announced to address the issues regarding quality of food supplied in trains. The management of catering services has been transferred to the Zonal Railways from Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) in order to leverage on Railways’ reach and resources all over the country.

Regular checks/inspections are also carried out at various levels to monitor the level of cleanliness of linen and quality of food.

Washing of linen and distribution to the passengers and the catering services On Board in Indian Railways, including southern Railway, are a mix of ‘Departmental’ and ‘Outsourced’ services. Wherever outsourced, the agencies/contractors are selected through prescribed procedures including Tenders.

Railways have planned to set up mechanized in-house laundry for linen washing at Basin Bridge (Chennai), Trivandrum and Ernakulam coaching depots of Southern Railway. As of now, there is no departmental catering on any of the trains on Southern Railway.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways, Shri K.H. Muniyappa in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.