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Indian Railway Ministry to introduce pre-booking of meals online

Indian Railway in its another effort to redefine Indian rail-travel, has announced the launch of a pilot project of booking meals through internet in few selected trains on Delhi-Jammu and Delhi-Amritsar routes.

The passengers will now be offered to book their meal by giving their names, coach and berth number of the train on an Internet booking site and the food will be delivered to their seats at a particular station. Money will be charged from users on delivery of the food.

As reported in IndianExpress, there will be choices like biryani, pizza, pasta, burger and sandwiches, among others options. The ministry will tie up with a few reputed food outlets as well to cater the need. However, the service will only be provided in trains where the fares do not include food.

The idea might be new for Railway ministry, but a similar service by Travelkhana, a New Delhi based startup – with a possible different menu – already caters to a similar need. While Travelkhana already offers many options to its users like COD, online payment and SMS as well as online booking of food, this very move of Indian Railway doesn’t seem to deserve much appreciation.

Recently, IRCTC introduced SMS based ticketing service, where a user can book rail tickets using mobile phone registered with IRCTC.

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