Pune: Be prepared to pay more for tea. If you are travelling by Indian Railways and if asked for a tea to a vendor at the platform or in the train the vendor will charge you Rs 10 instead of Rs 7 for a tea or coffee. The Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) issued the order after reviewing the tariff and menu of meals on board.
“Tariff of tea and coffee is revised and is fixed at Rs 10 per cup. However, standard tea (not dip tea) at Rs 5 will be available,” said the circular issued by the Railway Board on September 18. After the circular issued, the Commercial Department of the Pune railway division has asked all vendors across the station under the division to revise the rate and implement it with immediate effect.
Earlier, the dip tea and without dip tea were sold out at stations and trains at Rs 7 and due to this, it was not easy for vendors as well as passengers to give a Rs 3 change (from vendor side) or Rs 2 (passengers side). Giving excuse of not having change the vendors gave biscuits of Rs 3 which was not acceptable by many passengers. At present, the Catering Corporation caters to around 350 train services that have pantry cars. Meanwhile, it has been reported that there will be no change in prices in Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express train services as the food package in these superfast trains are prepaid.
According to the circular, “Since the tariff of standard food items fixed and notified earlier are inclusive of applicable taxes as per prevailing Central/State government instructions from time to time that is Service Tax on outdoor catering/GST since introduction, the revised tariff of tea/coffee is also inclusive of GST as per extant instructions. Therefore, the licensee/service provider will not collect any amount other than the fixed tariff.”
“After receiving the circular, we have instructed all vendors at stations under the Pune division to revise the rate and charge as per the circular. The vendor can’t ask for more money for standard tea or dip tea. We will do inspections of all stations and if anyone found selling tea more than the rate fixed by the board the vendors will be penalised,” said Krishnath Patil, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager of Pune railway division.
Tariff of tea and coffee is revised and is fixed at Rs 10 per cup. However, standard tea (not dip tea) at Rs 5 will be available, said a circular issued by IRCTC.