Passengers Should Carry Home-Cooked Food While Travelling, Advises Railway Board Chairman
Mumbai, July 30: Indian railways have come in the news lately for the poor quality of food served to the passengers. A K Mittal, Railway Board chairman, said that passengers should carry home-cooked food instead of depending on the pantry in trains. Mittal said, “Carry home-cooked food as quality-wise there is no alternative of such food”. He advised this to the passengers after the increase in complaints about food quality in the trains and the recent lizard recovery in the meal served on board Poorva Express to a passenger on Tuesday.
“We are aware about the problems being faced by the passengers due to compromises being made by the contractors with quality of food. Railway is facing a serious challenge in catering food to about 15 lakh passengers in trains per day”, Mittal told TOI. He informed that to solve this problem and ensure availability of quality food, the railway is preparing its base kitchens, which will become operational within a year. He said that major focus is on the promotion of e-catering and passengers will be encouraged to order for food through e-catering portal. (ALSO READ: Lizard Found in Veg Biryani Served to Passenger on Board Poorva Express)
A K Mittal also spoke about the delayed movement of trains and said that project to create the freight corridor is in progress. He informed that major part of this project on Delhi-Varanasi-Howrah route is expected to complete within a year. This will help solve the issues of the reducing the load on existing tracks that are overloaded due to the operation of both passengers and goods trains