‘Can’t opt out of meals on Vande Bharat’

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - —PTI

New Delhi: Meals on board the soon-to-be-launched Vande Bharat Ex­press or Train 18 will not be op­tional for pas­sen­gers un­like in premium trains such as Shatabdi, Ra­jd­hani and Duronto ex­press, of­fi­cials said. How­ever, pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling the last leg on the route of the semi-high speed train — Allahabad to Varanasi — will have the choice of opt­ing out of the meals in ad­vance while book­ing, said sources.

The ca­ter­ing charges would not be in­cluded in their ticket prices.

For oth­ers, the prices of the meals will be part of the ticket fare of the train which will run from Varanasi to Delhi on its maiden jour­ney on Fe­bru­ary 15.

If the pas­sen­gers who have opted out in ad­vance want a meal dur­ing their travel, they will have to shell out an ex­tra Rs 50 for it, the sources said.

In 2017, the IRCTC made meals on board pre­paid for trains like Ra­jd­hani, Shatabdi and Duronto; done to ef­fec­tively con­trol un­fair prac­tices of over­charg­ing, and also to avoid wastage of food.

Talk­ing about Train 18, an of­fi­cial said, “The ca­ter­ing charges be­tween the sta­tions have been fixed and they will be added to the ticket fare of all pas­sen­gers.”

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