24x7 food plaza for suburban commuters
Feeling hungry while waiting for your train at CST. Besides the stalls that already serve snacks, you will soon be able to enjoy a complete lunch or dinner in an air-conditioned food plaza on the heritage station premises. Rajendra Aklekar reports.india Updated: Feb 17, 2009 15:18 IST
Feeling hungry while waiting for your train at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST). Besides the stalls that already serve snacks, you will soon be able to enjoy a complete lunch or dinner in an air-conditioned food plaza on the heritage station premises.
A boon for the over 5 lakh suburban commuters who get off or aboard a train at CST, the suburban concourse will house a state-of-the-art, two-level fully air-conditioned food plaza that will remain open 24 hours on through the week.
The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, an autonomous unit in the ministry of railways, is behind
Sources said there are also plans to deliver food in trains.
“The plaza will be inaugurated on February 20,” said Pankaj Goel, partner of Re-fresh Food Plaza. “It will not only serve all kinds of snacks, but also have a sit-in restaurant with a heritage feel upstairs.”
The Re-Fresh Food Plaza, that opened its 24x7 outlet at the outstation train concourse in October last year, has been a hit with commuters for quality food. The two-level restaurant is located near the lobby in front of platforms 8 to 14.
The outstation food concourse had been targeted during the 26/11 attack, and its manager seriously injured.
At the suburban food plaza, the ground floor will house a snacks corner, a takeaway counter, a bakery, an ice cream parlour and a juice centre, while the first floor will offer a fine dining experience with Maharashtrian, Punjabi, South Indian and Chinese dishes on the menu.
“We have tried to blend the features of the world-class heritage of CST into our restaurant,” Goel said.
The existing stalls are good for a quick bite for those in a hurry, but railway officials say they have, for some time, felt the lack of a restaurant with seating arrangements for a lunch or dinner.