Pantry Cars Go Hygienic
On Dec 30, 2014
|Trivandrum: The railway has finally decided to act on the issue of unhygienic conditions in pantry cars, which has been one of the main complaints of passengers for a long time.
Recently the food safety officers of Trivandrum division started classes on running trains in the state on hygienic practices for pantry car vendors. The decision was taken keeping in mind the festival season and also aimed at ensuring quality food to Sabarimala pilgrims.
At first a total of 28 vendors of Kerala Express were given classes. The team of officers travelled from Ernakulam to Chengannur to impart these lessons. The subjects included how to keep the pantry car neat, safe cooking practices and how to prepare desi flavour foods.
According to a food safety officer of Southern Railway while speaking to the media said, “During the trip, we found the cleanliness in the coach satisfactory but hygienic practices in the pantry car need to be improved.”
The officers also took food samples from stalls at the Chengannur railway station for testing as the station records the highest arrival of Sabarimala devotees from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
The Railways is also contemplating to impose a fine of Rs.200 if the caterer is found providing low-quality food and beverages. The pantry car contracts in the trains originating from Kerala have all been bagged by catering firms from outside the state.