Ready meals are back! Indian Railways resumes on-train catering facilities from Valentine’s Day

The service, provided by IRCTC, has been discontinued due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Good news train passengers! Now you can enjoy delicious cooked food on your journey as Indian Railways is restoring the ability to serve cooked food on trains from today. In line with the easing of Covid-19 related restrictions across the country and taking into account the demands of train passengers, the national carrier will resume ready meals services on trains with Pantry Cars from February 14, 2022, announced the Ministry of Railways. Last year, in November, an order was issued by the Board of Railway Commissioners to resume the service of cooked meals to passengers on trains. The service, provided by IRCTC, has been discontinued due to Covid-19 restrictions.

In the letter, the Railway Board had asked the catering arm of Indian Railways, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation to reopen its kitchen, serve food and resume service. Due to the Covid restriction, passengers traveling by train were only given tea, snacks, ready-to-eat meals, similar to long-distance train travel. In view of the restoration of normal train services, passenger demands as well as the easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in restaurants, hotels, eateries and other venues across the country, the Ministry of Railways had decided to resume the services of ready meals. on Indian Railways trains, the official letter had stated.

Last month, the Western Railway had resumed catering services on board Rajdhani Express trains with cooked meals as well as ready-to-eat meals between Mumbai Central and Delhi stations. According to the Western Railway zone, catering services on board premium train services, which have the option to pre-book food, have resumed on these trains – Train number 12953/12954 Mumbai Central – Hazrat Nizamuddin – Mumbai Central August Kranti Express and Train Number 12951/12952 Mumbai Central – New Delhi – Mumbai Central Rajdhani Express. Catering services on board train number 12951/12953 resumed from January 6, 2022 and catering services on board train number 12952/12954 resumed from January 7, 2022.

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