The 2016 rail budget brought several changes in the Indian Railways. Railway minister, Suresh Parabhu announced that travelers would now have the facility to order local, hygienic food in trains. E-catering will be available. Passengers can order their food from the IRCTC website at the time of booking the ticket, or call the restaurant from which they want to order.
The catering will be done in a phased manner, and be separately managed on the basis of food preparation and food distribution.
Railways has partnered with brands like Light Bite Food, Domino’s, KFC, Chaayos etc for providing catering to the passengers, and with food delivery services and aggregators like TravelKhana for efficient delivery of food orders. Restaurants can register with TravelKhana here.
This provision is a further a step forward in the foodtech and food delivery industry as the reach of restaurants to potential customers will increase marginally.