No more mouthwatering sight of samosas and vadas being fried or tea being boiled in a corner stall on the railway platform. At least not under Western and Central railway, which are getting ready to ban cooking at food stalls on platforms. Having a brunch at stations of those hot and spicy samosas and vadas while waiting for a train may soon be a thing of the past. If the Indian Railway Catering Tourism Corporation has its then cooking at food stalls would be soon banned. The step comes in view of accidents that cooking at crowded platforms of metro cities, especially Mumbai, has caused. The cooking will be done in a centralized kitchen instead. The Indian Railways has directed both Western and Central railway to provide space for a base kitchens at each station. Owners of stalls can install microwave ovens and other power-based heating equipment to heat eatables. With cameraperson Vikrant Baile, Ajaz Khan for NMTV News.
September 9, 2008