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Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019

‘Deccan Queen’s dining car will continue to serve passengers’

Milind Deouskar, Pune divisional railway manager (DRM), in an interview had earlier said, “Given the rising pressure on passenger traffic on the Pune-Mumbai route, the railways have decided to discontinue the dining car.”

pune Updated: May 14, 2019 15:39 IST
Parth Welankar
Parth Welankar
Hindustan Times, Pune
According to officials, the Indian railways received messages on social media and letters to the officials’ communication channel with requests to continue the operations of the dining car.
According to officials, the Indian railways received messages on social media and letters to the officials’ communication channel with requests to continue the operations of the dining car.(SHANKAR NARAYAN/HT PHOTO )
         

The dining car of Deccan Queen, an 89-year-old legacy of the Indian Railways, will stay in operations as the railway authorities have revoked their decision of closing the iconic facility.

AK Jain, senior public relations officers (PRO), Central Railway, said, “We had decided to discontinue the dining car of the Deccan Queen. However, we have revoked our decision and the dining car will continue to serve the passengers.”

It is an old legacy of the Indian railways and will continue to function, he said.

According to officials, the Indian railways received messages on social media and letters to the officials’ communication channel with requests to continue the operations of the dining car.

Milind Deouskar, Pune divisional railway manager (DRM), in an interview had earlier said, “Given the rising pressure on passenger traffic on the Pune-Mumbai route, the railways have decided to discontinue the dining car.”

“Currently, we have to dedicate an entire coach for the dining facility. While other trains are jam-packed owing to the exponential increase in passenger traffic, it becomes difficult for us to keep one coach especially for the dining car,” he said.

The railway authorities’ decision to discontinue the dining car never went down well with the passengers and railway activists.

Harsha Shah, president, Railway Pravasi Group, said the dining car is an integral part of Deccan Queen and should not be discontinued.

“If the number of passengers is increasing, the authorities should have decided to increase the number of coaches. Removing the dining car will certainly not solve the issue,” she said.

Providing service since 1930

-The Deccan Queen is the only passenger service in the country to have a dining car. It was introduced soon after the train became operational on June 1, 1930.

-The car provides a comfortable seating arrangement for 32 passengers and is fitted with tastefully furnished, cushioned chairs. The old features of the dining car have been retained and some new ones have been added to keep up with the changing times.

-Dishes such as masala omelette and vegetable cutlets are among the most popular in the dining car, which also serves batata vada, kanda bhaji, misal paav, thaalipeeth, sabudana khichdi and beverages.

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First Published: May 14, 2019 15:38 IST

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