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News Entry# 435023
Jan 25 (09:59) Mysuru: With food vendors banned, train journeys lose charm (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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News Entry# 435023  Blog Entry# 4855840   
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Jan 25 2021 (09:59)
Station Tag: Mysuru Junction (Mysore)/MYS added by Anupam Enosh Sarkar/401739
MYSURU: For a tourist on a train on the Mysuru-Bengaluru sector, enjoying freshly made Maddur vadas and a cup of steaming, strong coffee during the two-and-a-half-hour journey is a moment to cherish. But the pandemic has put an end to that.
Although train services on the sector are slowly returning to normal since the pandemic-induced nationwide lockdown, vendors have been banished from trains and, as a result, snacks such as vadas, idlis, tea, coffee – an integral part of train journeys across the country – have vanished.
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the journey, food vendors would be walking up and down the aisles trying to sell different snacks,” said Ganapati Sadashiv, a regular passenger and a resident of JP Nagar, Mysuru. “Snacks like Maddur vada and idlis are a staple on Southern routes, but now we don’t see any of these sellers any more. Sadashiv said these snacks were a big attraction for tourists, but not so much regular travellers. “But still, even for a regular like me, the journey on this stretch has lost its earlier charm,” he said.
S Yogendra of Mysuru Railway Commuters Forum said, “Perhaps these vendors would return when IRCTC being its full-fledged food supply service in coaches.”
E Vijaya, public relations officer, South Western Railway (SWR), said food vendors in train coaches were banned as a Covid-19 precautionary measure. “Even food stalls on platforms are closed,” Vijaya said. “I hope things return to normal over the next couple of months.”
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