After 100 days of silence, Railway to reopen platform stalls
Kannur: The small stalls on railways platforms will reopen soon after 100 days of shutdown. The Railways have sent a letter to reopen the small catering stalls by paying only 3 percent of the license fee. However, the stall operators are confused as there will be no profit with only less than 5 trains conducting services.
Railways have strictly instructed for the use of masks, gloves and sanitizer. Tea/coffee cups and water bottles shouldn’t be handed over but kept on the counter for self service. Cooked food can’t be served. All utensils and equipment should be disinfected. Also it should be served only to passengers.
All stalls were closed since March 22. The last two trains were Nizamuddin – Ernakulam Mangala Express and Jamnagar – Tirunelveli Hapa Express. Many passengers had faced difficulties in obtaining drinking water bottles as stalls were closed before trains reached their destinations.
TP Sadiq, a stall operator in Kannur railway station said that closing down the stalls have put his life in crisis. Alakode native TV Santhosh, an employee at the KVR Food Plaza in Kannur station, also said it is difficult to make both ends meet.
The catering unit of Netravati Express said that passengers are reluctant to buy anything now. Most of the passengers in Jan Shatabdi Express carry water and food with them.