In an attempt to offer better food at railway stations, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is in talks with a number of chains, including Cafe Coffee Day and Pizza Hut, to open eateries at railway stations.
Others on IRCTC's list include Barista Coffee, Subway and Jumboking Vadapav.
According to a report by The Economic Times, IRCTC will soon finalise 50 food plazas in tier-II cities like Dehradun, Tambaram and Haridwar.
"...There are 106 other food plazas and fast food units that are at various stages of commissioning at places like Bhavnagar, Delhi Cantonment, Kanpur Central and others. We would also add another 56 food kiosks at Delhi Metro stations across New Delhi," RN Kalita, director of catering services at IRCTC, was quoted as saying in the report.
The catering company is trying to take its annual earnings to Rs 50 crore from the current Rs 30 crore in the process.
According to the report, Mumbai-based F&B operator Travel Food Services, which runs restaurants, cafes, food courts and manages lounges across major airports in the country, will also launch similar executive lounges across railway stations like Vijayawada, Howrah and Jaipur by next April.
TFS has franchisee arrangement with brands like KFC, Domino's Pizza, Cafeccino, Haagen-Dazs, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and is also bidding to operate in the food courts and food plazas at various stations.