Train 18, billed as India’s fastest train, doesn’t have adequate space inside its coaches to offer catering services, an official at the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) said. IRCTC is a subsidiary of Indian Railways that handles catering, tourism and online ticketing operations.
According to the IRCTC official, the food storage cabins in Train 18, touted as the next generation train, are much smaller than those in the Shatabdi Express — they have just one-third the space.
Worse, catering trolleys have to be kept in passageways because of the space constraint, which could inhibit the movement of passengers, the official said on condition of anonymity.
Train 18 will connect Delhi with Varanasi and take about eight hours to complete the journey between the two cities. Last month, Train 18 became India’s fastest train when it hit a speed of 180 kmph during a trial run. Read more
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