Senior railway officials said here that the facility will start in the lone Shatabdi operating in the Pune division from next month. The move was a step towards its commitment to switching to eco-friendly measures on tracks.
Food will be served on the train in containers made of bagasse, the dry pulpy residue left after the extraction of juice from sugar cane. For every 10 tonnes of sugarcane crushed, a sugar factory produces nearly three tonnes of wet bagasse.
The Railways had earlier this month announced eco-friendly food packaging on eight Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.
The plan to wean away from the use of polymer plates is part of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation’s (IRCTC) ongoing drive to go green.
The train has an onboard catering and e-catering services that provide evening snacks, dinner, and beverages. The railway authorities said there would be provisions to collect the used packaging material that would be processed for disposal through composting.