Railways removed service charge for food and drink; tag it on food prices


New Delhi, July 19

Railways has waived on-board service charges on all food and beverages that are not pre-ordered in premium trains. But there is a catch – a charge of Rs 50 has been added to the prices of snacks, lunch and dinner.

The prices of tea and coffee will be the same for all passengers who have pre-booked or ordered it on the train, and there will be no increase in rates.

Under the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) previous norm, if the person has not booked their meal with their train ticket, they have to pay an additional Rs 50 while ordering food during the journey, even if It’s only 20 rupees tea or coffee.

Now, passengers boarding premium trains like Rajdhani, Duronto or Shatabdi who have not pre-booked their meals will have to pay Rs 20 for tea (similar to the amount paid by those who have already booked their meals ). Earlier, the cost of such non-pre-booked tea was Rs 70, which included service charge.

Earlier, the rates for breakfast, lunch and evening snack were Rs 105, Rs 185 and Rs 90 respectively, while an additional charge of Rs 50 was levied with each meal. However, passengers will now have to pay Rs 155, Rs 235 and Rs 140 for these meals, along with service charges added to the cost of the meals.

“Removal of service charges will be reflected in the prices of tea and coffee only. In this, the passenger who has not booked already, will pay the same amount as the one who has booked it. However, the service for all other meals will be the same. “The fee amount has been added to the cost of meals for un-booked facilities,” the official explained.

For Vande Bharat trains, passengers who have not booked on-board services are required to pay the same amount for breakfast/lunch or dinner/evening snack as charged at the time of levying service charges. Used to go Meals instead of fees.