Lonavala, Neral, Igatpuri, Dadar and Matheran are next on the list
A restaurant-on-wheels will soon come up outside Lokmanya Tilak Terminus in Kurla. Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi
An air-conditioned Utkrisht-class rail coach has been positioned on a newly laid set of small rail tracks opposite the main entry of Kurla LTT station. It will be transformed into a restaurant on wheels, following the model of the one at Mumbai CSMT.
While the restaurant at Mumbai CSMT will soon be closed and relocated for the station’s extensive redevelopment, Central Railway (CR) has identified other stations along the line for similar dining experiences. It is possible that the restaurant-on-wheels at Mumbai CSMT will be reopened at a new site. The restaurant-on-wheels concept involves modifying a rail coach mounted on tracks to create a fine-dining establishment that offers a unique experience to diners. The coach can accommodate over 40 patrons with tables set up inside. The interior of the restaurant is carefully designed to create a theme-based ambience, enhancing the dining experience.
The official stated, “Other locations that have been identified include Kurla Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Kalyan, Lonavala, Neral, Igatpuri, Dadar, and Matheran. Outside of Mumbai, the concept will be introduced at four stations, including Akurdi, Chinchwad, Miraj, and Baramati on Central Railway.” At Kurla, the air-conditioned coach has been placed on the newly laid small set of tracks, and all seating and sleeper berths have been removed to facilitate the transformation into a luxurious restaurant.
The rates and menu of the restaurant are determined by the licensee, based on market-approved rates set by the railways. The restaurant typically offers a variety of cuisines, including north Indian, south Indian, continental, and more. It is open to both passengers and the general public. The licensee is also responsible for maintaining the approach corridor and surroundings at their own cost.
Compliance with the Food Adulteration Act and other statutory laws is mandatory for the licensee. Safety measures include the installation of portable fire extinguishers, and staff members are trained in their operation. Regular inspections by railway officials ensure the validity and functionality of the fire extinguishers.
No of people the restaurant can accommodate