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.

Konkan Railways adds new RO-RO route between Verna-Surathkal

Konkan Railway (KRCL) has started its new Roll-on Roll-off (RO-RO) train service between Verna (near Goa) and Surathkal (near Mangalore). Duration for covering the 305 km line will be 12 hrs for Kolad-Verna, 20 hrs for Kolad-Surathkal, and five hrs for Verna-Surathkal. The alternative route by road between the two destinations by road would take about 24 hrs, 40 hrs, and 10 hrs respectively, a statement said here today.

KRCL operates two other RO-RO services – a 417 km service between Kolad (145 km from Mumbai) and Verna – and a second 721 km service between Kolad and Surathkal. Under the RO-RO service, loaded goods trucks are carried piggy back on rail flats. The service is being run only on Konkan Railway. Road transporters save on diesel, maintenance and wear and tear of their vehicles. The service also decongests the National Highway and is cheaper and more eco-friendly than the road transport, KRCL said.

KRCL has transported more than 1,60,000 trucks and has earned over Rs 120 cr since its inception in 1999.

The Verna-Surathkal service started on June 1.

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