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Now, 24x7 IRCTC kitchen in Noida

Railway passengers, executives and managers living in and around Noida can now avail of hygienic Indian and Chinese cuisine at an affordable rateIndian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has set up a central kitchen in Noida, with a capacity of preparing 25,000 meals every day. 

Besides Railways, IRCTC aims to cater to PSUs, MNCs, BPOs and several educational institutions in and around Noida, where there is a huge demand for fresh food at a reasonable price. The 24x7 kitchen will serve vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals. Initially, the cuisine will be restricted to Indian and Chinese, but the menu will be expanded to Continental dishes in the second phase. 
After the catering job in trains was snatched from IRCTC and was given back to railways, the PSU is trying to diversify its business to keep itself afloat. It seeks to capture the fast growing food & beverage market by setting up more such kitchens in other parts of the country. 

IRCTC will ensure that all relevant statutory compliances for preparing food will be adhered to in its state-of-the art kitchen. Medical tests for food-handlers, microbiological tests of food samples will be rigorously followed along with use of branded raw materials and ingredients to maintain high quality of the foodstuff. 

The PSU says the best of industry professionals will man its kitchen. It will adhere to HACCP/ISO 22000 (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) standards, and will also have in-house state-of-the-art lab and R&D facilities. 

Buoyed by reasonably priced fare coupled with stringent hygienic standard, IRCTC is hopeful that it will give stiff competition to major airline catering units. "It will be providing a tailored catering service for all corporate occasions with a focus on quality and presentation....Anything from a sandwich luncheon to a formal executive boardroom spread," said an official. 

According to its preliminary survey, there are around 250 offices and educational institutions in and around Noida that will be catered by the central kitchen. "There is a great potential for the catering in Noida since a large number of managers, executives and BPO employees are working in the area," said an official.