Indian Railways’ Eastern Railway zone has converted two over-aged railway coaches into a restaurant in the circulating area of Asansol railway station.
Termed as ‘Restaurant on Wheels’ it can be accessed by both railway passengers and general public as well.
The restaurant on wheels was developed by furbishing two over-aged MEMU coaches, an Eastern Railway official said.
The effort is likely to generate non-fare revenue of approximately ₹50 lakh in the next five years, he said.
While one of the coaches will serve as a tea and snacks outlet, the other will be a full-fledged 42-seater restaurant that will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner to railway users and the general public, the official said.
It was was inaugurated by Union minister Babul Supriyo. Two new air-conditioned retiring rooms and an electronic reservation chart display system and a battery operated car were also inaugurated by the Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
Earlier Indian Railways’ East Central Railway (ECR) zone also come up with a unique idea to provide relief to its employees following a staff complaint about not having any cafeteria near the Danapur Coaching Depot.
The railways modified an unused coach into a cafeteria near the water recycling plant inside the coaching depot in Patna, the ECR said in a statement.
At a time around 40 people can sit and have snacks inside the coach which has been modified and decorated for the convenience of the employees.
Railways had also put a special effort to beautify the interiors of the coach by putting some paintings on the wall of the coach. It has also placed some old equipments like a typewriter and an old photo of Danapur railway station.
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