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.

Railways launches Jan Ahaar for passengers at affordable price

Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee’s dream project to provide hygienic and tasty food to passengers at subsidised rates came true on Friday.

Named Jan Ahaar (commoners’ meal), was formally launched at Howrah Station Ahaar, a self-service cafeteria, provides snacks and meals at affordable prices, ranging from rupees 3 to 38 rupees.

“The Railway Minister in her budget speech had announced the opening of Jan Ahaars. These would be cafeterias spread across the country where affordable meals would be available. The focus of these cafeterias is four things – quality, service, cleanliness and value,” said Derek O’Brien, Chairman, Passenger Services Committee, Howrah Railway Station.

The cafeteria at Howrah Station will provide ‘Jan Meal’ and ‘Economy Meal’.On an average, a filling meal would cost around rupees 20.

A plate of fish and rice meal is priced at 35 rupees while a chicken and rice meal will cost 38 rupees.

For 19 rupees, passengers can avail Rice-Dal-Achaar. The non-rice eaters can opt for seven Puris and Sabji for just 10 rupees.

The passengers expressed their happiness at this novel Jan Ahaar concept. They said that besides the bona-fide passengers, these Jan Ahaar cafeterias would be a boon for the poor persons such as the porters.

Initially, the Jan Ahaar at Howrah will remain open from 6’o clock in the morning till 10 in the night. By Ajitha Menon (ANI)

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