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'Bring Your Own' is Railways' Answer to Complaints of Inedible Food

AK Mittal has said that passengers should carry their own food and not rely on the railway pantry till their kitchens are revamped – a process that may take over an year.

Updated:July 30, 2017, 11:12 AM IST
New Delhi: The Railways has come up with a temporary solution to complaints of poor quality food on trains – bring your own.

A Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report had recently deemed the food served on trains and sold on platforms as "unfit for human consumption".

Adding to the Railways' embarrassment, a lizard was found in a vegetarian biryani served on the Howrah-Delhi Poorva Express. One of the passengers fell ill and later complained that he had developed stomach ulcers and infections.

Reacting to the complaints, the Railway Board has asked passengers to bring their own food, at least till railway kitchens are revamped. This, the Board says, may take more than a year.

"Passengers should carry their own food. Our kitchens are being revamped and that may take over a year," AK Mittal, Chairman of the Railway Board, said.

Reacting to the CAG report, the Ministry of Railways had claimed that the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC) would be forming a new catering policy by unbundling the current services on trains.

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