A piece of good news for passengers of long-distance trains, the Indian Railways has now decided to resume cooked food services that had been suspended Since March 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The announcement comes days after the national transporters decided to halt the operation of ‘special trains’ for mail and express trains and revert to pre-pandemic ticket prices with immediate effect.
The Railways Board in a letter to Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) said;
“In view of the normalizing of train services and the relaxation of Covid curbs in restaurants and eateries across the country, it has been decided that cooked meals would be provided again on trains.”
The letter also added that the service of Ready To Eat meals would also be continued on all trains.
The Indian Railways is gradually returning to the pre-pandemic scale of services after Covid’s severely disrupted services.
Last week the Ministry of Railway has restored services of long-distance trains and then short-distance passenger services started operating as special trains with “slightly higher fares” to “discourage people from avoidable travels”.
As the number of passengers picked up amid a slide in Covid cases, there were demands for a return to pre-Covid ticket prices — ticket prices of special trains and holiday special trains are marginally higher.
The Railways’ decision to resume serving cooked food on trains also comes days after the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) announced that it has allowed airlines to serve meals on all domestic flights.