Online meals delivery service for trains TravelKhana has tied up with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), where passengers can order food from the portal even while travelling on trains. TravelKhana will have a revenue sharing agreement with IRCTC, and offer its services at the New Delhi & Hazrat Nizammudin railway stations. It has also expressed interest in starting its services on a total of 17 stations in the first phase. TravelKhana’s lists stations where it delivers.
Copyright and trademark infringement
Earlier in December 2015, IRCTC served a legal notice on Travelkhana alleging copyright and trademark infringement by Travelkhana’s mobile app IR Catering. The railway catering company had claimed that IR Catering was deceptively similar in the name, colour scheme and design to the IRCTC’s own mobile application – IRCTC Connect. Travelkhana did take IR Catering off Google Play surprisingly quick move after receiving the notice.
IRCTC’s food tie ups
In November 2015, Hyderabad-based Hello Curry tied up with the IRCTC to provide meal options for railway passengers during their journeys, starting with the Secunderabad station. Hello Curry’s menu would be available for passengers in Delhi, Bangalore, Vizag and Pune soon, for which orders could be placed through the IRCTC’s catering website.
Last year, IRCTC tied up with Pizza Hut and KFC and Jubilant Foodworks, which owns Domino’s Pizza, to deliver pre ordered meals and Domino’s Pizza to passenger seats. This overhaul was a part of a bigger program the railways proposed in the rail budget in February this year, and included unreserved tickets on smartphones, SMS alert service, multi-lingual e-ticketing portal, on-board entertainment and Wi-Fi to Category B stations. More on that here.
IRCTC’s catering revenues
In November 2015, MediaNama reported that IRCTC posted an income of Rs 1,141 crore ($171 million), including the sales of ticket service charge, Rail Neer bottled water, in house catering services and license fees from outsourced catering vendors.