Good information rail passengers! Indian Railways has introduced the elimination of on-board service costs for all meals and drinks. However, now the additional cost of Rs 50 has been added to the costs of snacks and meals. The costs of tea and occasional would be the identical for all passengers, who’ve pre-booked it or ordered these on the practice, and can see no improve within the charges.
Under the earlier norm of the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), if the particular person has not booked their meals together with their practice ticket, they needed to pay an extra Rs 50 whereas ordering meals through the journey, even whether it is only a Rs 20 cup of tea or espresso.
Now, a passenger on board premium trains like Rajdhani, Duronto, or Shatabdi who have not pre-booked their meals, can pay Rs 20 for tea (just like the quantity paid by those that pre-booked their meals). Earlier, the price of such non-pre-booked tea was Rs 70, together with the service cost.
Previously the charges for breakfast, lunch, and night snacks had been Rs 105, Rs 185, and Rs 90, respectively whereas an extra cost of Rs 50 was once levied with every meal. However, the passengers will now need to pay Rs 155, Rs 235, and Rs 140 for these meals with the service cost being added to the price of the meal.
“The removal of the service charge will only reflect in the prices of tea and coffee. In this, the passenger who has not pre-booked will pay the same amount as a passenger who has booked it. However, for all other meals the service charge amount has been added to the cost of meals for non-booked facilities,” an official defined.
For Vande Bharat trains, passengers who have not booked the on-board companies need to shell out the identical quantity for breakfast/lunch or dinner/night snacks as they did after they had been charged service costs, with the rise exhibiting in the price of the meals as a substitute of the costs.
(With inputs from PTI)