Food plaza at rail­way sta­tion still hangs fire

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The fu­ture of the food plaza at the Lud­hi­ana rail­way sta­tion is still hang­ing fire, even as pas­sen­gers suf­fer for want of hy­gienic food at the lo­cal sta­tion. It has been more than six months since the build­ing for the food plaza was com­pleted, but it is yet to be­come op­er­a­tional.

The food plaza is still await­ing po­lice ver­i­fi­ca­tion, fol­low­ing which it would get a med­i­cal certificate from the health depart­ment.

On Fe­bru­ary 20, sta­tion su­per­in­ten­dent Ravin­der Sharma claimed that the talks to start the food plaza were un­der process and that the plaza would be­come op­er­a­tional by next week, but noth­ing hap­pened.

LUD­HI­ANA:

Around two years ago, the In­dian Rail­way Cater­ing and Tourism Cor­po­ra­tion (IRCTC) had al­lot­ted the task to a pri­vate ven­dor, but the ven­dor had been de­lay­ing the project since then, due to which the IRCTC ter­mi­nated its li­cence.

Pas­sen­gers at the Lud­hi­ana rail­way sta­tion rue that there are hardly any op­tions for good food at the rail­way sta­tion. Even if the ser­vice fi­nally starts func­tion­ing at the exit gate, it wouldn’t be of much use to com­muters who have to catch the train, as they would not be able to keep a tab on the train’s tim­ings as the plaza is away from the plat­form.

“The food plaza would be an op­tion only for the pas­sen­gers who travel long dis­tance and have to wait for the trains for hours. Those who are in a hurry can­not go so far away from the sta­tion to eat at the plaza,” said Rakesh Mal­ho­tra, a pas­sen­ger who trav­els fre­quently to Delhi from Lud­hi­ana.

Sta­tion su­per­in­ten­dent Ravin­der Sharma said the au­thor­i­ties were mak­ing ef­forts to open the plaza at the ear­li­est. Af­ter the po­lice ver­i­fi­ca­tion is over, the food plaza own­ers would get the med­i­cal certificate to run it.

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