We have all carried home-cooked meals during train journeys at some point in our lives. And who wouldn’t, given the questionable quality of food served in the Indian Railways? Sadly, there are also those of us who have had to trust the train pantries.
So how would you like to see the food as it is being prepared in the train kitchens? Will it help in making pantry food more palatable to you?
To put an end to all speculations about hygiene and quality of food in the railway kitchens, Indian Railways is planning to install a transparent system which will allow passengers to access live feed online directly from the kitchens on how their food is being cooked and packed!
On Monday, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal launched a website, Rail Drishti Dashboard, reported NDTV.
“The portal will give out information about various trains, stations, and tickets sold. It will enable the public to watch live feed from IRCTC kitchens across the country,” Goyal said at a press conference at New Delhi’s Rail Bhavan.
The railway minister added that to ensure easy accountability, passengers can log in to the user-friendly website and closely observe the condition of every facility, and in case of any discrepancy, also lodge a complaint at the portal.
“Grievances of people will be taken care of and people can closely watch the 41 developments in the railways on the dashboard,” he told NDTV.
The dashboard offers information about services under 15 different categories including a 360-degree virtual tour of train routes, tracking of trains, freight earnings, expenditure incurred by the railways, etc. It will also display the entire income generated per day, week, month and year, in addition to the various achievements of the railways, Goyal informed.
“We are accountable to the needs and aspirations of the public. This platform brings us closer to the dream of a digital railway, which encourages transparency by bringing all the information in the public domain,” he told NDTV.
In addition to this, the Railways are also planning to roll out a new fully air-conditioned and smoke-free LHB pantry car to ensure hygiene.
It has been built with stainless steel interiors to ensure dust free and hygienic food is cooked and packed in the pantries. These pantries will also be equipped with electric hobs instead of gas for safety, along with water heaters, RO filters, deep freezers and chimneys.
Indian Railways have launched the portal to not only make people aware of the various ongoing projects undertaken by the railways.
A promising advancement indeed!
You can reach the portal at www.raildrishti.cris.org.in.
(Edited by Saiqua Sultan)
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