The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is set to resume cooked food services on Indian Railways passenger trains from today which have been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Covid-19 in the country.
“Cooked food has already been restored in 428 trains. Of the total number of trains, cooked food had already been restored in 30% by December 2021, 80% by January 2022, and the remaining 20% will be restored from ‘by February 14, 2022,’ the official communication from the railways reads.
“Cooked meals on premium trains (Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto) had already been reinstated in December 2021. Cooked meals would also continue,” the official statement read.
It should be noted that catering services have been suspended as safety measures in view of the coronavirus pandemic have been in place since March 23, 2020. With a drop in the COVID-19 positivity rate in the country, ready meals to eat were launched on trains for the month of August 5, 2020.
Meanwhile, IRCTC resumed Tejas Express services between Mumbai and Ahmadabad resumed from February after a decrease in COVID-19 cases was reported across the country.
“Restrictions have been eased due to a decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases. Passengers will be required to follow all COVID safety protocols,” the IRCTC said in an official statement.
According to one manager, the wedding season is picking up again and they felt the service would see higher occupancy levels.
“Passengers have chosen Tejas Express over other trains due to the high levels of service and best sanitation practices in these times of COVID-19. We will continue our tireless efforts to provide on-time and comfortable journeys with the best hospitality services and best-in-class hygiene practices,” the manager said.
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