Pune: The Pune railway station has the dubious distinction of being among the railway stations in India that have grossly neglected catering services at the station and on trains.
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, tabled a report on Friday in Parliament on the question, “Whether the Indian Railways ensured availability of adequate catering services on stations and in trains and whether they were properly managed?"
According to the report, the Catering Policy 2010, pantry cars should be attached to Duronto, Rajdhani, long-distance premier trains, superfast trains and Mail/Express trains with more than 24 hours journey time either way.
One of the longest distance trains that covers more than 12 hours but less than 24 hours, Pune-Bilaspur Superfast Express does not have a pantry car.
The report says that neither services of train side vending were provided nor any base kitchen was nominated for providing food.
No AVMs at Pune stn
During the joint inspections of static catering units from July 2016 to October 2016 on the 74 selected stations, it was seen that the facility of a food plaza/ food court/ fast food unit/ refreshment room was not available on six A and A1 stations and out of 74 stations where joint inspections were conducted in audit, automatic vending machines (AVMs) were not provided at 55 stations, Pune station being one of them.
SCUs unavailable at Pune station
The audit observed that due to delay in commissioning of 90 Specified Catering Units (SCUs), zonal railways could not ensure availability of catering service to rail users at many important stations, Pune being one of them.
Other cities on this dubious list include Rourkela, Muzaffarpur, Ajmer, Ambala, Ghaziabad, Sambalpur, Chhapra, Bongaigaon, Burdwan, Varanasi, Nizamuddin, Haridwar, Chennai Central, Mathura, Raichur, Guwahati, Gorakhpur, Yeshvantpur and Lucknow.