Parents travelling in trains with babies need not go outside the junction to buy baby food any more as the East Coast Railway (ECoR) is set to provide hot milk and hot water at the stations soon.
Earlier this month, railway minister Suresh Prabhu had launched ‘Janani Sewa’ to make infant food available at the stations.
He took this initiative following a tweet from a passenger regarding the same.
After the minister’s announcement, the Railway Board had issued instructions for the implementation of the scheme in this zone like the rest in the country.
The ECoR has now issued instructions to the officials of all the major stations in its three divisions Khurda Road, Sambalpur and Visakhapatnam asking them to ensure the availability of baby food items.
“We have started providing hot milk at important stations. The instructions were issued recently and it is expected to be made available at all important stations by the end of July,” said the ECoR chief public relations officer, JP Mishra.
“The milk stalls of Omfed have started selling hot milk here. The prices of hot milk and water will be notified soon. Other baby foods too will be available at the stations at market prices,” he added.