On February 26, 2020 Indian railways launched its First “Restaurant on Wheels” at Asansol Station (division of Eastern railway), West Bengal, for railway passengers and citizens of the city.
Shri Babul Supriyo, Minister of State for Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoSEFCC) inaugurated the 1st “Restaurant on Wheels” at Asansol station.Key Points:
i.He also inaugurated 2 new air-conditioned retiring rooms & Electronic Reservation Chart Display System (through MPLAD fund [Members of the Parliament Local Area Development Scheme]) and a Battery operated car at Asansol station, West Bengal.
ii.About Restaurant on Wheels: The Restaurant on wheels was developed by modifying 2 over aged MEMU (Mainline Electric Multiple Unit) coaches. This effort will not only improve the facilities at Asansol station but also generate non-fare revenue earnings of Rs 50 lakhs approximately in the next 5 years. The restaurant is named ‘Wow Bhojan’ and the tea boutique has been developed named ‘Chai-Chun’.
iii.The Electronic Reservation Chart Display System (through MPLAD fund) at Asansol station will provide easy access to information about the reservation status in different trains and will be very helpful for the railway passengers.
iv.The 2 new air-conditioned retiring rooms equipped with state-of-the-art furniture & other equipment will provide much comfort to the passengers.
v.The battery operated car will be very helpful for the Divyangjan & senior citizen passengers for their comfortable movement at the station area.
About West Bengal:
Chief Minister (CM)- Mamata Banerjee.
Governor- Jagdeep Dhankar.