Indian Railway s’ e-catering service has now been expanded to 408 stations nationwide.

Indian Railway s’ e-catering service has now been expanded to 408 stations nationwide.

Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu-Minister of Railways- recently announced the expansion of station-based e-catering service to 408 stations, which enables rail passengers to pre-order their onboard food from a series of private catering companies.

Orders can be made by phone, message, online or via a mobile app, and passengers can pick up their orders at the stations.Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd. (IRCTC) had earlier introduced the facility at 45 stations in last year on a trial basis.

It was a successful trial and we received good response.The e-catering scheme is part of a series of digital initiatives being rolled out by Indian Railways to modernise its services. As well as e-catering, the minister launched a new e-ticket booking facility for accredited journalists.

Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Railway, who was present at the launch in Delhi, said that Indian Railways is bringing new culture to India’s rail network through e-governance and digital initiatives.  He said that these services will benefit passengers.

There are four ways for booking food at stations. One has to dial 1323 and make payment on cash on delivery (COD). Secondly, one can download “Food on Track” app on Android or Ios platforms, order food and make payment either in advance or through COD. 

Thirdly, food can be ordered on IRCTC’s e-catering website – ecatering.irctc.co.in – make online payment in advance or through COD. Lastly, passengers can choose to SMS to 139 by giving details of their PNR and seat number. 

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