Oct 24, 2013

Indian Railways Restores Regular Meal and Quantity in Revised Menu for Rajdhani, Shatabdi & Duronto Trains.

As the cost of raw material, Whole Price Index, cost of services etc., have increased manifold since last decade, the Indian Railways has introduced revised menu and tariff for Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains with effect for 17th October 2013. A new concept of Combo Meal was also introduced as an every alternate meal on long distance Rajdhani/Duronto trains which was priced at half the cost of the regular Lunch/Dinner so as to reduce wastage/excess items. However, due to some feedback that these changes were not appreciated by some sections of travelling passengers, senior officers were deputed in all such trains for on the spot study. Based on the feedback received from passengers, regular Meal, in place of Combo Meal has been restored now. Quantities reduced in certain dishes have also been restored. Cyclic Menu has also been introduced to give variety. Railways are making all out efforts to ensure wholesome, quality meal to the travelling passengers. Supervision & monitoring have been strengthened by deploying Railway Personnel’s /Sr. Officers for inspections to check quality & hygiene. Passenger’s feedback will now be a regular exercise. 

There will be no increase in ticket fare on this account. 

The Menu and tariff of Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto trains is included in the ticket fare and had not been revised since 1999. With a view to arrive at the realistic prices as well as redraw the menu more rationally, Committees had been nominated by the Board to recommend the revised rates. The committees have scientifically examined all aspects of costing keeping the objectives to provide hygiene and affordable meals with varieties to the travelling passengers on the premium trains. Based on the reports of the committee, the revised menu & tariff had been introduced from 17.10.2013 hoping to bring positive changes. 

Further, keeping the objectives to provide hygiene and affordable meals with varieties to the travelling passengers on the premium trains, following major steps have also been taken in this regard: 

• Stringent quality parameters like supply of branded products in hygienic condition. FPO/AGMARK approved items and compliance of instructions of Food Safety & Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) are to be made mandatory. 

• Provision for external audit (Third Party Audit) by reputed and independent agency appointed by zonal railways to undertake audit of quality of services periodically to ensure the quality has been made mandatory

source -pib

‘Need for rail overbridge in Hampi’

Y. Yamunesh, former member of the Divisional Rail Users’ Consultative Committee (DRUCC) and K. Mahesh, member, Station Consultative Committee, Hospet, highlighted the need for the construction of a rail overbridge at Anantashayanagudi to ensure free movement of vehicular traffic towards Hampi.

In a memorandum submitted to the Bellary Deputy Commissioner, they pointed out the absence of a rail overbridge has led to severe traffic issues posing trouble to tourists heading towards Hampi.


Mr. Yamunesh welcomed the Railway Department’s move to upgrade 24 railway stations, including Hampi. He urged Union Minister for Railways M. Mallikarjun Kharge to accord equal priority to the construction of the rail overbridge for the benefit of the people.
Source..the hindu

No further fare hike till next rail budget:

After increase in passenger fares twice in the current financial year,railways today ruled out any fresh hike till the next rail budget in July.

"There is unlikey to be any change in fares till next budget which is around July," Chairman of Railway Board Arunendra Kumar said here when asked whether railways will effect any further hike in near future.

Railways is likely to present a vote-on-account in March next year as the Lok Sabha elections would be round the corner during that period. So, the budget is slated to be held around June-July 2014.

Passenger fares were hiked by about two per cent on October 7, the second time in the current fiscal, as railways decided to link the fare with fuel adjustment component (FAC). The fare was hiked by about 20 per cent earlier in January and later on reservation fee and superfast surcharges were increased from April this year.

The next FAC-linked fare revision is slated in April 2014.

FAC was approved in the rail budget 2012-13 which enabled the public transporter to review freight and passenger fares in every six months keeping the input cost in mind.

Asked about the possibility of levying festival surcharge on tickets, Kumar ansered in negative saying "there is no such plan."

There is a shortfall of total Rs 4000 crores in railway's earnings during the April-September period. While the earnings in passenger segment has fallen by Rs 3000 crore, freight income is down by Rs 1000 crore during the period in the current fiscal.

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