Food Tariff For Rajdhani, Duronto, Shatabdi Trains Increased: Pay Rs 35 For Tea, Rs 245 For Lunch/Dinner!
In a recent notification, it was informed by Indian Railways that the official food tariff for premium trains such as Rajdhani Express, Duranto Express and Shatabdi Express has been hiked, for all passengers.
The new food tariff certainly seems a bit expensive.
Checkout the details..
New & Increased Food Rates For AC 1st Class
The new food tariff has been divided into two categories: Those who are travelling in AC First Class and AC Executive class are into first category, and AC 2 Tier, AC 3 Tier, and AC Chair Car into the second category.
For the first category, that AC First Class and AC Executive class, tea would be now priced at Rs 35, which was earlier priced at Rs 29. At the same time, breakfast would be now costing Rs 140, which was Rs 133 earlier, and lunch/dinner would be costing Rs 245, which was Rs 230 earlier.
New Food Rates For AC 2nd Class and AC 3rd Class
At the same time, the food tariff for AC2nd class, AC Chair Car and AC 3rd class has also been increased.
For a cup of tea, passengers from these class will now pay Rs 20, which was earlier Rs 15.
For a meal of breakfast, the new rates are Rs 108, which was Rs 97 earlier, and the lunch/dinner will now cost Rs 185, which was Rs 175 earlier.
Hence, price of all food items have been hiked between Rs 5 to Rs 15, depending on the class of the passengers.
Indian Railways has ensured that the quantity and quality of the food items will not be compromised.
The statement said, “The IRCTC shall be accountable for providing the newly-introduced menu options in a way that the quantity and quality are commensurate with the tariff and no undue benefit is passed on to the service provider,”
New Regional Snacks For Premium Train Passengers
Besides this notification for price hike of regular meals, Indian Railways has also announced that a new category of food will be introduced: Regional Snacks.
This will be priced at Rs 50 plus GST, for all the food types.
Hence, passengers passing via Gujarat can now order regional delicacies such as Dhokla, Fafda and more; passengers passing via Bengal can now order fish fries and those in Kerala can now order appam, along with the regular meals.
These regional food items haven’t been mentioned by Indian Railways in their notification, but we are assuming that, based on our experiences.
We will keep you updated, as more details come in.