Be ready to spend more on your tickets, the next time you travel by train. The railway board has decided to increase the price of meals onboard Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto express trains. According to Railways, the revise in charges may lead to a hike in train fares by 3 to 9%. In Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains, catering charges are included in the fare and it is totally on the discretion of the passenger whether he/she wants to opt-in for the meals. The revised charges shall be effective from March 29 next year. "The impact on the total ticket fares of the pre-paid trains will be an increase in the range of 3 per cent to 9 per cent for passengers who opt for meals. The revised catering tariff shall be effective from March 29, 2020 ," a statement from the ministry said.

Here is all you need to know about the new order regarding hiked food prices in Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto trains

1) In first class AC and executive class of Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto trains, tea will cost 35 ( 15 at present), breakfast 140 (up from 90) and lunch and dinner 245 (from 140 currently).

2) For travellers in second class AC, third class AC and chair car, morning tea will now be priced at 20 (up from 10), breakfast at 105 (from 70), lunch and dinner at 185 (from 120), and evening tea at 90 (from 45).

3) In sleeper class of Duronto trains, morning tea prices have been revised to 15 (from 10), breakfast to 65 (from 40), lunch and dinner to 120 (from 75) and evening tea to 50 (from 20).

4) The 'snack meal' with regional flavour shall be made available at 50, inclusive of GST.

5) For mail and express trains, the price of tea and standard meals will range from 40 to 130.

6) The rate of Janta Meal has been kept unchanged at 20.

7) A-la-carte meals shall not be permitted for sale on mail and express trains. However a a-la-carte snacks with items like samosa, pakoda and others will be permitted for sale.

8) Biryani will be offered as a standard meal variety in view of the popularity of the dish. Three types of biryani—veg, egg and chicken at a price 80, 90 and 110 respectively.

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