New Delhi, Jul 1: Indian Railways now offers the passengers the option to book meals along with their ticket and the payment for food will be accepted only after the food is served.
The new 'book a meal' scheme provides passengers reserving births online on IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) website, to place the order of their choice which will be duly served to them once they embark on their journey. The facility is for those who have fully confirmed their e-tickets.
Railways offer the delicacies ranging from masala dosa to egg and vegetable biryani. Packaged bottle drinking water, ketchup satchets etc can also be booked online. Book a meal option will be available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The meals booked will be served strictly according to the service timings mentioned on the website.
Standard veg and non-veg meals and morning breakfast booked online will be served in a casserole.
Payment will be taken by pantry car staff on train only on successfully delivering the service, informed a Railway Ministry official. Once the meal has been booked, cancellation or modification will not be permitted.
Inorder to assess passenger's feedback about the new move, the service has been launched on a pilot basis in two trains, 2780 Goa Express and 2628 Karnataka Express.