The prospect of having piping hot meals of your choice during a long journey may soon become a thing of the past if a proposal by the All India Railwaymen’s Federation is accepted by the Railway Board. According to reports, the biggest railway employees’ body has written to the Railway Ministry seeking the removal of pantry car and replacing it with a 3AC coach to help the Railways beef up its revenue streams.
The Railways is also reportedly giving it a serious thought.
Earlier, the Railways had said that it will no longer provide blankets even after the coronavirus situation improves, and now if the national transporter goes ahead with the move to do away with pantry cars, it may cause consternation among passengers.
Rail travel has always been a beneficiary of the nostalgia factor associated with it but the coronavirus pandemic has changed the perception of people towards travel and airlines will have an edge over Railways on the hygiene parameter.