"Encouraged by the response, now we have extended the service in stations also on a pilot basis," the official said. The station-based e-catering has been made available in 45 major stations. As per the scheme, travelling passengers would be allowed to order food of their choice from leading private caterers at stations, including New Delhi, Old Delhi, Anand Vihar and Nizamuddin.
In the first phase, 45 stations covered under the scheme include Mumbai Central, Pune, Howrah, Sealdah, Guwahati, New Jalpaiguri, Patna, Bhubaneshwar, Visakhapatnam, Mugalsarai, Kanpur Central, Lucknow, Varanasi, Jaipur, Bilaspur, Kharagpur, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Amritsar and Chandigarh. Station-based e-catering shall be only for stations and not on moving trains.
All trains passing through these 45 stations are now covered for services through e-catering. In addition, IRCTC also makes available budget food supplied by 'Jan Ahaar' and through its food plazas and fast food units. Passengers can now book a meal from the different menu options available as per the choice, for delivery at the opted station or train. Passengers can order by calling the toll-free number or via SMS by providing their PNS and seat number.