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Indian Railways to resume food on tracks from February 1: Know how to order a meal

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The catering arm of the Indian Railways — Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) — will resume its e-catering services at 62 stations in the first phase.

Indian Railways to resume food on tracks from February 1: Know how to order a meal
Starting February 1, passengers travelling by trains on select routes will be able to enjoy hot and tasty food.
The catering arm of the Indian Railways — Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) — will resume its e-catering services at 62 stations in the first phase.
New Delhi, Howrah, Patna, Vijayawada and Ernakulam among others are those stations that have been chosen for the first phase of resuming the service.
The IRCTC had temporarily suspended this service last year on March 22, due to COVID-19 guidelines and the subsequent lockdown.
In a tweet, the Ministry of Railways stated that the service will be resumed by following all safety guidelines, and passengers will be able to order tasty food again.
Here's how you can order food:
  • While travelling, passengers can order food through an e-catering mobile app called ‘Food on Track’. The IRCTC has started this app to provide quality cuisine to travellers. The app is available on Google Play for Android smartphone users and on the App Store for Apple users.
  • Passengers can also avail the e-catering services by logging into https://www.ecatering.irctc.co.in/.
  • On the site, they need to enter their PNR.
  • Once they do that, a list of stations will appear in the drop-down menu.
  • After selecting the station where the order is to be delivered, a menu will open with the prices, from where passengers will have to choose the vendor and select the food items to be booked.
  • Passengers can take a pick from a range of options available on the revamped menu. There are options for north and south Indian cuisines, pizzas, among others. The IRCTC has also partnered with Domino’s, Zoop, Yatri, etc for the e-catering service.
  • On placing the order, passengers have to choose the payment method — online or cash-on-delivery.
  • E-catering orders through the phone will be restored soon.
  • IRCTC had started the e-catering service in 2014, where passengers could order food of their choice from reputed brands through phone or online while travelling on trains.