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Sweet deal: IRCTC plans sugar-free food, drinks for travelling diabetics

Prajakta Chavan Rane, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, March 25, 2013
First Published: 02:57 IST(25/3/2013) | Last Updated: 02:59 IST(25/3/2013)

Passengers travelling in premium long-distance trains such as Rajdhani and Duronto Express might soon get the option of sugar-free juices and meals instead of the regular food served on board.

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The Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is consulting nutrition experts who will help them design a special menu for diabetics.

From April 1, passengers travelling by first AC on the Rajdhani will get a choice of coconut water and natural juices without added sugar. Similarly, fibre biscuits will replace regular ones in the sugar-free breakfast.

"Considering the number of inquiries for sugar-free meals and juices, we have decided to roll out a meal for diabetics. The nutritionist will help us come up with some healthy and sugar-free options," said Virender Singh, group general manager, IRCTC.

The facility will gradually be extended to the 2nd and 3rd AC coaches as well. A similar service will be started in the four Duronto Express trains in phases.

"Discussions are also being held with the Western Railway (WR) for them to start a similar service. Meanwhile, we are training our staff to offer the new option just like they do for Jain, veg or non-veg meals," added Singh.

Appreciating the move, activists wanted the service to be introduced on all trains on which the Railways provides food.


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