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Patna Jn to have 'Jan Ahar' outlets soon

PATNA: Patna Junction, which has been already granted a model station status of the Indian Railways, would have `Jan Ahar' outlet shortly to cater to the needs of common passengers. The railway ministry has sanctioned Jan Ahar outlets in Patna, Howrah, Bangalore, Chennai, Secunderabad, New Jalpaiguri, Lucknow and Mysore in the first phase. According to a Railway Board official, the railways would provide meals at reasonable prices ranging from Rs 10 to 35 for each plate. The railways would not outsource these outlets to private contractors. Instead, the railways would ensure smooth functioning of these outlets under the direct supervision of the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), he said. The Jan Ahar outlets would be made functional next month at these stations at the initiative of railway minister Mamata Banerjee. A popular designer has prepared the logo of Jan Ahar. The colour combination of its outlet will be yellow and green. This colour combination has been chosen to give a youthful and vibrant look to these Jan Ahar outlets, the Railway Board official said. The Board official said that the uniform of the waiter manning Jan Ahar outlets will be also in yellow and green colour with a matching cap. Besides, the Board has decided to open outlet of Jan Ahar at each major station across the country in future, he said, adding fresh meals at reasonable price has been the top priority of the railways. That apart, the railways has mulled a plan to launch an in-house magazine system on running trains to provide entertainment to passengers. These magazines will have interesting stories and information in detail about the Indian Railways. This system will be launched initially in all premier trains, including Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express, a Board official said. The railways would soon provide in-house magazine facility on other super fast trains, too. The basic purpose behind providing this facility is to keep the passengers informed about recent developments in the railways, sources said.

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