Now, you can enjoy home-cooked local food during train journey

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NEW DELHI: Passengers can now look forward to enjoying home-cooked local food supplied by self-help groups during their train journey.

According to Railways, a pilot project has been launched in the Konkan region of Maharashtra for supply of local cuisine by SHGs to train travellers.

"We have entered into a partnership with the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development ( NABARD) to facilitate SHGs of farmers to supply local meals to train passengers," Chairman and
and Managing Director, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), A K Manocha said.

As per the arrangement, two stations in the Konkan region - Kudal and Sawantwadi - have been identified for the pilot project.

Passengers will have to order the meal online through IRCTC website during their journey.

Manocha said a similar initiative has been launched in Kerala also and plans are there to extend it to all over the country.

IRCTC will rope in SHGs for supply of home-cooked local meals on trains in other stations as well, he said.

The pilot project is part of the railway budget 2016-17 announcement by Minister Suresh Prabhu to explore the possibility of giving the choice of local cuisine to passengers.

Railways has launched the e-catering facility offering passengers options to book their meals online instead of depending on food supplied by contractors or pantry cars.

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