Soon poor quality of food during train travel will be a thing of the past with the railways proposing to upgrade pantry cars with storage facilities. Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), the catering arm of railways will upgrade the pantry cars with food storage and air conditioning facilities. The measure is aimed at addressing the shortcomings in delivering hygienic and quality food to passengers during train travel.
The redesigning of pantry cars involves setting up induction stoves, storage facility with stainless steel electric warmer and provision of trolleys. Handling of food by hand during train travel will be minimal.
All pantry cars across the railways are proposed to be upgraded at an estimated cost of Rs 200 crore to Rs 250 crore in the next three years, according to official documents. “The pantry cars will be supplied food from the base kitchens set up at stations. The cooking activities at pantry cars would be reduced, instead, the upgraded mobile catering units will be used for storage and distribution of quality food,” said a senior official of IRCTC. Read more