Meals not op­tional for pas­sen­gers of Train 18

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Nation - let­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

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, where trav­ellers can choose not to take cater­ing ser­vices, 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 pro­vided by the In­dian Rail­ways Cater­ing and Tourism Cor­po­ra­tion (IRCTC), in ad­vance while book­ing their tick­ets, the sources told PTI.

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 ~ 50 for it, the sources said. In 2017, the IRCTC made meals on board pre­paid trains like Ra­jd­hani, Shatabdi and Duronto (which add the meal prices in ticket) with pantry ser­vices op­tional. It was done to ef­fec­tively con­trol un­fair prac­tices of over­charg­ing, is­sues of qual­ity as well quan­tity and also to avoid wastage of food. This gave the pas­sen­gers op­tion to ‘not eat’ if he does not want the food sup­plied on board.

This also re­duced the cost of the tick­ets on these trains by around ~250.

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.

“How­ever, pas­sen­gers board­ing the train to travel the fi­nal or first leg of the jour­ney from Varanasi to Al­la­habad or Al­la­habad to Varanasi may opt out of the cater­ing ser­vices. They will have to opt out at the time of book­ing.”

PTI FILE

Prices of the meals will be part of the ticket fare of the train which will run from Varanasi to Delhi on Feb 15.

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