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CHAI PE KHARCHA PAY MORE FOR YOUR TEA AND MEALS ON TRAINS

November 15, 2019 05:48 AM

COURTESY MIRROR NOV 15

CHAI PE KHARCHA
PAY MORE FOR YOUR TEA AND MEALS ON TRAINS
In the revised rates, cost of evening tea on sleeper class of Duronto to go up from Rs 20 to Rs 50
| Kamal.Mishra@timesgroup.com
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Be ready to shell out more for your regular cup of chai and meals the next time you travel by train. A circular issued by the director (tourism and catering) of the Railway Board yesterday shows that the tariffs of prepaid meals on Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto express and paid meals on other trains will go up significantly. According to the new rates for Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi, a cup of tea which used to cost Rs 10 will now cost Rs 20 in second AC and Rs 15 in sleeper class. A lunch or dinner in sleeper class of Duronto, which earlier was priced at Rs 80 will now cost Rs 120. The price of an evening tea has shot up from Rs 20 to Rs 50.

The revised menu and tariffs will be updated in the ticketing system after 15 days and it will be applicable after 120 days. A meal in the 1st AC of Rajdhani will go up from Rs 145 to Rs


245. The revised menu charges will not only affect premium trains but also pinch the pockets of the common man. In regular mail and express trains, a standard veg meal will now cost Rs 80, up from Rs 50.

Indian Railway Catering And Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has also decided to provide a bit of variety to its passengers in the form of veg, egg an chicken biryani at a cost of Rs 80, Rs 90 and Rs 110 respectively. Also, a chicken curry meal will be provide in regular trains at a cost of Rs

130.

Regarding the high charges of evening tea in comparison to morning tea, a railway official explained that the difference was due to the extra items provided with the evening tea, like roasted nuts, snacks, sweets, etc.

Defending the steep rise in prices, an officer of Railway Board said, “We want to improve the quality of catering services in Indian Railway. That’s why this step has been taken.” The last time prices were revised was in 2014. The circular from the Railway Board says that the price revision has been done taking into consideration requests received from IRCTC and the recommendations of the menu and tariff committee set up by the Board.

 
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