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On Railways menu, a food court at New Delhi station

By the end of this year, passengers at the New Delhi Railway Station can grab a quick bite at the food court that promises to offer a variety of Indian, Chinese, fast food as well as street food options. A space of over 900 square metres is being done up on Platform 1 that will have seven outlets and a seating capacity of 80 customers.

Though tenders for the outlets are likely to be floated this week, a few popular local vendors have already been shown the space and are in talks with the Railways. The outlets will have Indian street food such as chole bhature, chaat and tikkis, paranthas and a fast food outlet — most likely Subway or McDonalds, South Indian food, bakery and an ice cream stall.
To get authentic Indian and street food and to keep the rates reasonable, local vendors are being roped in, officials said. For the parantha stall, vendors from Old Delhi’s paranthewale gali are being invited to bid for the tenders. Officials said initially about seven local vendors were shortlisted and shown the space, they will now have to participate in the bidding process.

“This will be more of a multi-cuisine restaurant where customers can pay at a single counter and take coupons for their choice of food. While private players will be roped in for the outlets, there will also be an in-house Railways departmental unit that will sell packaged food and beverages and also act as the accountant for the entire restaurant,” said a senior Railways official working on the project. “This is primarily an experiment with quality and even in the bids those vendors with years of experience in a certain cuisine or food specialty will be given preference over fly by night vendors. Also considering that established vendors will be drawn in for the outlets, the idea is to ensure that items are available at market-driven prices.”
Ashwani Lohani, Divisional Railway Manager, Northern Railway, told Newsline, “As of now we are developing the food court space on Platform 1 and are carrying out the civil and electrical works. In the meantime, the tenders should be floated in the next two days and the bids finalised in another two months’ time.” Lohani said the passengers can look forward to the food court by the end of this year.
Officials said the outlets will be given out on a revenue sharing basis with a minimum guarantee fee of Rs 9 lakh per annum.
Source - Indian express

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