IRCTC free meals during COVID-19 lockdown: In a much needed initiative, Indian Railways provides free food to underprivileged at railway stations! The Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), which is the catering arm of the Indian Railways network, is supplying free lunch meals at railway stations.
13 of IRCTC’s base kitchens, spread across the country, have become the nodal points for such distribution. The deadly Coronavirus infection has brought the country to a standstill with the 21-day nationwide lockdown. The lockdown has drastically impacted livelihood patterns.
However, the poor and homeless are the first ones to bear the brunt of this, as it has rendered them helpless, struggling for basic survival needs. In order to cater to the underprivileged, IRCTC will provide bulk cooked food in paper plates, from the locations where the base kitchens are situated.
The IRCTC base kitchens are located across several railway zones. The list of the base kitchens, which are located zone wise is as follows:
- In the South Central Railway zone, the IRCTC base kitchen is located in Vijaywada
- In the Western Railway zone, the IRCTC base kitchens are located in Ahmedabad and Mumbai Central.
- In the East Coast Railway zone, the IRCTC base kitchen is located in Khurdha Road
- In the South Eastern Railway zone, the IRCTC base kitchen is located in Balasore
- In the Northern Railways zone, the IRCTC base kitchens are located in Paharganj and Delhi
- In the North Central Railway zone, the IRCTC base kitchens are located in Jhansi, Prayagraj as well as Kanpur