It is quite possible that in the near future, tea and coffee on your regular express and passenger trains might taste as good as the one on Rajdhani and Shatabdi expresses.
A committee set up by Indian Railways has recommended that passengers on all trains be provided with a coffee/tea kit consisting of milk sachets and sugar sachets, as it is available on Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.
The committee has recommended that the prices be jacked up from the current Rs 7. This would resolve issues like over-charging due to non-availability of change. It better the quality of the beverage served.
This is part of the Indian Railways thrust on improving the quality of food served on trains as well as providing a variety of options to passengers.
Another recommendation of the committee is to give passengers on Rajdhani and Shatabdi express trains the choice of opting out of the food served on these trains.
Currently, ticket fare included food prices too.”Even if they don’t consume it, passengers have to pay for it. This has led to some opposition, especially on Twitter where every message reaches railway officials and even the minister,” said a senior railway official.
Other recommendations include giving adequate freedom to Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to create new menu which could be tailored for the specific regions through which the trains travel.
Railways has planned to hand over catering options back to IRCTC based on a report submitted by retired Indian Engineering Service officer and the man behind the Delhi Metro E Sreedharan.
Identifying that the a-la-carte items on trains are often overcharged by staff, the committee has recommended that sale of such items be minimised. Instead, the zonal railways and IRCTC should finalise ready to eat (RTE) items which would be sold at MRP to passengers.