Commuters will get to choose between regular a-la-carte meal in the pantry and ready-to-eat food from brands like Haldiram and ITC

Mumbai : Fed up with the poor quality of food on trains, now you choose what suits your taste buds. Keeping in line with the budgetary announcement, railways will be introducing ready to eat meals in all long distance trains from November 15.

As an option, commuters will get to choose between regular a-la-carte meal in the pantry and the ready to eat food from various brands like Haldiram and ITC. The ready to eat meals will be served as a part of the a-al-carte meal to passengers and the menu card will include quantity and rate of the available in the pantry.

Senior railway officials from CR said, “It will give an option to the commuters whereas service of the pantry will also improve with competition.”

The circular also specified that railways will provide oven and heat equipments in the pantry car for heating pre-cooked meals before they are served to the commuters.

Deepika Shinde, a regular commuter on Konkan route, said, “There had been never an occasion when food in the train has tasted good. It will be welcoming if one can gets hygenic and healthy food in trains. But it should not be like every other initiative which vanishes with time.”

After the scheme will be implemented, commercial manager will have to conduct surprise checks and reports will have to be submitted to the Railway Board.

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