McDonald’s, Subway, Haldiram’s products in trains soon

By Sumi Sukanya  www.abplive.in

New Delhi: The “McDonald’s Express” could soon roll in, so could Subway and Haldiram’s.

Existing food vendors will have to compete with the likes of such food giants, with the railways having decided to allow private chains to serve food in all trains.

The decision marks a policy shift since a move to start e-catering – which allows passengers to order food online in advance – last year by two fast-food brands on select trains with no pantry cars proved a non-starter.

Sandip Dutta, spokesperson for the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) – the agency that handles catering services in trains – said talks were under way with over 50 food chains, including MNCs such as McDonald’s.

“A list of nominated stations and food items with the rates will be displayed at the time of booking tickets online. The passenger will have the choice of selecting the brand and ordering either at the time of booking or up to two hours before reaching the station,” another IRCTC official said. More info

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