Railways gives green signal
India railways had stopped catering services in trains ever since the first lockdown was announced about ten months back. However, Indian Railways has allowed the e-catering services to resume in the trains. They will now be permitted to resume functions depending upon the feasibility, availability of staff and local restrictions.
Operations to start from this month
Food delivery on trains will be permitted at select stations across the nation, subject to the service providers following the operating instructions issued by the local governing authorities. According to RailRestro, an IRCTC-authorized e-catering wing, it has received confirmation from the Ministry of Railways and is set to operate from the last week of January 2021.
Strict rules for restaurants
RailRestro has laid down strict guidelines which include thermal scanning of the restaurant’s staff and delivery personnel several times during the operational hours, sanitization of kitchens daily at regular intervals, use of protective face masks or face shields by restaurant staff and the delivery personnel and permission to prepare food only if the body temperature is below 99oF.
Strict rules for staff too
The guidelines for their delivery staff are also laid-down well. These include collecting orders only after washing hands, mandatory use of ‘Aarogya Setu’ app by delivery personnel,