The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC) has decided to crack down on stall owners selling tea of lesser quantity at a price not prescribed by them.
IRCTC will also levy a fine of Rs 5,000 on offenders.
“We have already started the drive and fined more than 61 stall owners,” said Virender Singh, group general manager, IRCTC.
Presently, several privately- owned stalls sell 60 ml of tea for Rs 2.
According to a directive by the Railway Ministry in 1998, the prescribed quantity should be 100 ml for Rs 2.
In addition, the stalls were found unhygienic.
IRCTC has set up separate food stalls across the suburban stations where they sell dip tea (with tea bag) and coffee in paper cups along with other eatables.
The IRCTC has set new standardised rates: Rs 3 for pot tea, Rs 4 for dip tea and Rs 5 for coffee.
“We want to standardise the prices of tea and coffee sold at railway stations. There are seven items, including tea, whose prices are controlled by the Railway Board which need to be followed,” said Singh.
IRCTC has also started placing menu cards with the quantity of food to be sold with the corresponding rates for long distance trains.
This has been done to avoid overcharging by private contractors selected by IRCTC inside the trains.
Yet at several places the rates have been scratched off. “Passengers can demand a menu card and can also visit the pantry if they find that the quantity is less,” added Singh.