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The Pune-Mumbai Deccan Queen’s dining car is likely to be handed over to a private contractor for the first time in the 88-year history of the train - a mouth-watering prospect is on the menu, then.pune Updated: Oct 05, 2017 21:59 IST
The dining car of the 88-year-old Deccan Queen Express whose catering is being looked after by the railways is now likely to be handed over to a private contractor.
Officials from Pune Railway Division confirmed the possibility of giving the responsibility of catering of the dining car of Deccan Queen to Indian Railways’ catering wing, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). The officials said that the tendering process of IRCTC has now been completed.
When asked about when the handover of the catering service of the dining car would take place, Central Railway public relations officer AK Singh said that the tendering process was undertaken by the railway board and not by the Central Railway and hence the exact date of the handover cannot be established.
Sources have informed that last year former Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu had directed that the catering service of the railways be given to caterers known for their good service and registered with the railway board.
Accordingly, the catering service under the railways was handed over to IRCTC. Railway officials informed that IRCTC started the tendering process for handing over the catering services in a few trains, including the dining car of Deccan Queen.
The other trains whose catering services are likely to be handed over to a private contractor include Hazrat Nizamuddin-Mumbai Bandra Garib Rath Express, Chennai Express, Howrah-Yeshwantpur and Avadh Express.
Railway Pravasi Group president Harsha Shah said that the catering service of the Deccan Queen is being handled by the Railways for 88 years and has never received any complaint. She stated that considering this it is unnecessary that the catering service of the dining car of the Deccan Queen express is being handed over to a private contractor.
The lifeline of office-goers who travel between Pune and Mumbai on a daily basis, Deccan Queen accommodates around 1,400 passengers, most of whom have been using the train for many years. The train’s dining coach has sitting capacity for 30 passengers with a modern kitchen and a well-equipped pantry.