Will serve only vegetarian food on October 2: Indian Railways
Do you love non-vegetarian food and are traveling by Indian Railways on October 2? If yes, then you might consider to cancel or reschedule your plan. Because Indian Railways is coming up with a special vegetarian-only menu on Gandhi Jayanti. No non-vegetarian options will be served in the trains on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
In January, the Railway Board proposed to serve only vegetarian food on trains on Gandhi Jayanti. It also insisted that this should be implemented this year, in 2019 and 2020. Notably, the proposal was under the consideration of Union Ministry of Culture, and was approved only last week. Further, the special menu for Gandhi Jayanti will include parathas, kulchas, paneer dishes and desserts.
In addition, the Railways will also run certain special trains, including 'Salt Rake' from Sabarmati, Gujarat to other parts of India on March 12, 2019. This plan was proposed to commemorate the anniversary of Satyagraha. The Railway also plans to issue tickets that will have Gandhi's watermark on them. Further, stations and zonal headquarters will also be decorated with Gandhi's murals.
The Indian Railways also plans to start a cleanliness drive which will commence on September 15 and end on October 2. Titled 'Swachhata Pakwada', this drive will focus on the cleanliness of Railways premises, especially the toilets at the stations.
Central (CR) and Western Railways (WR) have also planned to set up digital museums at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), Thane and Lonavala Railway stations. These museums will depict the freedom struggle led by Mahatma Gandhi along with the history of Indian Railways. "The museum will also display the history of the first passenger train," said SK Jain, divisional railway manager, Central Railways.