Are you bored with the ‘tasteless’ chicken or paneer curry and watery daal served to you in Shatabdi and Rajdhani trains? Then don’t worry, we have a really good news for you. The Indian Railways has decided that now the passengers of these two trains can skip the ‘mandatory’ meal on board and can pre-order their meals from their favourite fast food outlet.
According to a Hindustan Times report, the new food scheme started today and is part of yet another effort taken by Indian railways to enhance the travelling experience of the passengers.
With this, now you can have your favourite Domino’s pizza or KFC Chicken on board by just making a call, SMS or through online order.
According to a report in The Indian Express, the railways has tied-up with food joints like McDonald’s, KFC, Switz Foods, Only Alibaba, Dominos, Haldiram, Bikanerwala, Nirulas, Sagar Ratna and Pizza Hut.
“While booking online, passengers will have to visit www.ecatering.irctc.co.in. They can then choose the station where they want the food delivered. After selecting the station, passengers will get options of food joints available for that particular station,” said a railways official, according to the HT report.
While the passengers can pay for their food online or on delivery, the passengers have to book their meals two hours before. Also, it will be solely the responsibility of the food outlet to deliver your order within time of the train’s halt at any particular station.
Apart from ordering the food online, here’s how you can pre-order your food:
Via Phone Call
- Call ‘1323’ to place your order
- Verify through One Time Password, which will be received via SMS
- Pay with cash on delivery
Order food via SMS
- Text ‘MEAL’, followed by PNR number to 139
- Place your order with customer care executive
- Verify through OTP
- Later, you can pay in cash