KOLKATA: Six passengers fell ill after eating food served on the New Delhi-Sealdah Rajdhani Express leading to co-passenger protests at two stations on Tuesday. Union Minister and Asansol MP Babul Supriyo said he also found the quality of the food and service on Rajdhani “Completely disappointing” sometimes.
Part of the passengers protested at the Asansol and Sealdah terminus against “the poor quality of the food and the equally poor service” on the iconic train. “The quality of the food on the train is poor and the timing of serving the food is just as bad. When passengers spend such a large amount on train travel, they expect better quality and service, but this is often not available here. At least six passengers on our train fell ill yesterday (Monday) after having dinner, ”complained a passenger.
Eastern Railways authorities admitted receiving the complaint and said appropriate action would be taken after an investigation. But they called it an “isolated” incident. “It’s a one-off incident. The train was carrying around 1,200 passengers. Among them, 5 to 6 passengers of a specific coach complained about the quality of the food. We are investigating the matter. Appropriate action would be taken, ”said a spokesperson for Eastern Railway.
Supriyo assured that he would discuss the matter with Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu and do quality control of the train’s food himself if necessary. “I might as well come to Asansol any day to inspect the situation myself. I thank the passengers for their protest, ”he added.
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