IRCTC kitchens dishing out meals for thousands of people during lockdown


IRCTC kitchens dishing out meals for thousands of people during lockdown

Even though there are no passengers to be fed in Indian trains in the current times, IRCTC has been keeping its kitchen hearth burning as usual. During the ongoing 21-day lockdown imposed throughout India, IRCTC has come forward to cook food for thousands of people from low-income groups and daily wage earners, who are unable to earn their livelihood these days. The transport major has been preparing food across its 28 kitchens in India to feed more than 4 lakh people.

According to the reports, on April 6, the IRCTC kitchens served more than 51000 people in India. At the same time, the IRCTC base kitchen located at the New Delhi railway station is also functioning full time to serve free lunches and dinners to people.

Sidhhartha Singh, an IRCTC spokesperson, told the press that food is being cooked for 8200 persons, which is then given to the state government officials, Delhi Police and Railway Protection Force. As the demand for food will increase, the supply will also go up to meet that requirement.

Reportedly, the kitchen work begins at 6 AM daily and lunch is ready by 11 AM. Again, the staff gets started to prepare dinner at 1 PM and gets ready with the meal by 6 PM.

Singh also told the press that normally 125 staff members work in the IRCTC kitchen in Delhi. However, only 18 staff members are cooking the food without any compromise in the quality or quantity.

Sunil Kumar, who supervises at the IRCTC base kitchen in Delhi, told the press that all staff members have to go through a thermal test before entering the kitchen. Then after, they have to sanitise their hands as well as wear mask, gloves, and a head covering.

The IRCTC kitchen team adheres to strict hygiene practices before preparing food. They have an automatic machine, which cooks rice in 40 minutes. Primarily, khichdi, vegetable poha and pulao is cooked and served along with pickles.

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