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