Food start-up Hello Curry today announced its association with IRCTC’s e-catering services to supply passengers with “wholesome healthy meal options” during their journey by placing orders on IRCTC ‘s e-catering website.
“With Hello Curry selling biryanis and parathas with our array of curry pots in our award-winning packaging, passengers now have access to complete Indian meals on the train,” Raju Bhupati, Hello Curry Founder & CEO said.
The Hello Curry menu would be available for all rail passengers at Secunderabad station. Plans are afoot to offer the Hello Curry menu for passengers from Delhi, Bengaluru, Vizag and Pune “very soon”, the home delivery brand said.
Undertaken by Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), the railways catering arm, the e-catering service was started as a pilot in June with 28 non-pantry car trains. Under the new system passengers can preorder their meal on an app or website, by phone or SMS, and then pay online or on delivery at a station of their choice.
The station-based e-catering has now been made available in 45 major stations, including Mumbai Central, Pune, Howrah, Sealdah, Guwahati, New Jalpaiguri, Patna, Bhubaneshwar, Visakhapatnam, Mugalsarai, Kanpur Central, Lucknow, Varanasi, Jaipur, Bilaspur, Kharagpur, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Amritsar and Chandigarh.
Along with the extension of scheme to more trains, the initiative has witnessed increase in the number of partnership of several privately-run foodservice majors which now include Domino’s, KFC, Street Foods by Punjab Grill, Wimpy, among others who are aiming to improve quality of products delivered on trains.