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EAST COAST RAILWAY TO PROVIDE ECONOMY MEALS AT 09 IMPORTANT STATIONS OVER ITS JURISDICTION IN SUMMER:

Bhubaneswar:24/4/24:Great news for budget-conscious travelers! Indian Railways along with Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is stepping up to serve passengers, particularly those in unreserved coaches, with a new initiative offering hygienic meals and snacks at affordable prices.

This program anticipates the surge in passenger traffic during the summer months. Indian Railways recognizes the challenges faced by those traveling in unreserved compartments (General Class Coaches), who may not always have access to convenient and budget-friendly meal options.

The initiative offers a two-pronged approach:

•    Economy Meals: Priced at a pocket-friendly Rs. 20/-, these meals provide a satisfying and affordable option for passengers on the go.

•    Snack Meals: For those seeking a lighter bite, Rs. 50/- snack meals are also available.

To ensure easy access, these meals and water will be available at counters conveniently located near general second class (GS) coaches on platforms. Passengers can buy their refreshments directly from these counters, eliminating the need to search for vendors or venture outside the station.

This service was successfully piloted at about 51 stations last year. Building on that success, Railways has significantly expanded the program, with counters now operational at over 100 stations and nearly 150 counters in total. The initiative is slated for further growth, encompassing even more stations shortly.

This program significantly benefits passengers, particularly those traveling in General Class coaches. The readily available, affordable meals and snacks ensure travelers stay comfortable throughout their journeys.

In ECoR jurisdiction, economy meals are being provided to the passengers at important Railway Stations like Khurda Road & Palasa in Khurda Road Division; Sambalpur, Titilagarh, Balangir, Kantabanji of Sambalpur Division and at Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram & Srikakulam Railway Stations in Waltair Railway Division.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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