Indian Railways has planned to resume the cooked food services which have been discontinued during the Covid Pandemic. The order came days after the National Transporter restored all trains that had stopped a year ago amid restrictions. Currently, only ready-to-eat meals are available on Rajdhani, Shatabdi, and other trains with paid packages.
“In view of the restoration of normal train services, requirements of traveling passengers and easing of Covid lockdown restrictions in eateries, restaurants, hotels and such other places across the country, it has been decided by the Ministry of Railways to resume the services of cooked food in trains,” the Railway board stated in a letter. They asked its tourism and catering arm Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to resume the service.
Covid-19 has started in 2020, there itself the services had been stopped and couldn’t continue. Railways are now slowly returning to the pandemic pre-pandemic scale after Covid’ss substantial services were disrupted. The decision came after the approval of allowing serving meals on all domestic flights, by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
As the number of passengers picked up amid a slide in Covid cases, there were demands for a return to pre-Covid ticket prices which is the ticket prices of special trains and holiday special trains are marginally higher.
Earlier this month, the Railways withdrew all regular mail timetables for regular trains and withdrew the existing ‘Special Train’ tag for Pandemic. The Railways has also decided to restore the original fares of train tickets as applicable.