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Railways to restart serving cooked food service in trains

Railways to restart serving cooked meals service in trains | Information

New Delhi: In a aid for folks travelling lengthy distances, the Railways is ready to renew serving cooked meals on trains, a service which was discontinued within the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The order from the Railway Board issued on Friday comes amid the resumption of normal providers by the nationwide transporter earlier this month.
The Railway Board, in a letter to the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Company, has requested for the resumption of the service. It additionally mentioned that ready-to-eat meals will proceed to be served to passengers.
“In view of the restoration of regular prepare providers, necessities of travelling passengers and easing of Covid lockdown restrictions in eateries, eating places, motels and such different locations throughout the nation, it has been determined by the Ministry of Railways to renew the providers of cooked meals in trains. Service of ready-to-eat meals will even proceed,” the letter said.
Whereas it’s not clear when this service will likely be restored, sources indicated that the work of issuing new tenders for licensees to serve meals onboard trains has already begun. The menu, sources mentioned, is more likely to stay unchanged. Within the pre-Covid occasions, the Railways used to serve 11 lakh meals day by day.
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Earlier this month, the Railways had introduced the operating of regular trains, withdrawing the particular tag which had been in place for the pandemic. With winter approaching, considerations have been raised by passengers over the provision of bedrolls on trains, which too had been discontinued as a consequence of COVID-19. Officers mentioned that as of now, no determination has been taken on the resumption of this service.
The Railways’ determination to renew serving cooked meals on trains additionally comes days after the Ministry of Civil Aviation allowed airways to serve meals on all home flights.
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