Bhubaneswar: The East Coast Railway (ECoR) has distributed food to nearly 23,000 needy persons who were residing around different stations under its jurisdiction in last 10 days amid the novel Coronavirus lockdown, said an official release.
The ECoR provided the bulk food with paper plates at different important stations through Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) kitchen at Khurda Road and Food court at Visakhapatnam, said a press release issued by the ECoR.
All the agencies of ECoR including RPF have also been involved in a big way in the food distribution to the needy people in station areas in ECoR jurisdiction.
These apart, different NGOs, ECoR Women’s Welfare Organisation (ECoRWWO) and Railway employees have also come forward to distribute food.
From Lemon Rice in the South to Khichdi-Chokha in the east and Kadi Chawal in the north, Indian Railways’ Catering and Tourism Corporation is serving variety of meals keeping in mind the local taste buds of the people since the lockdown was announced.
Starting with more than 250 meals from March 26 at Puri Railway Station and 200 meals from March 27 at Cuttack Railway Station by the RPF, IRCTC has distributes food to needy people in ECoR jurisdiction from March 30.
Till April 6, IRCTC has distributed 16,400 meals which are being prepared from Khurda Road base kitchen and Visakhapatnam food court till April 6.
Different NGOs like Marwari Yuva Mach, Kumud Pahad Surakhya Samittee, ECoRWWO/Sambalpur Unit have also been involved along with RPF in distribution of 729 meals at Sambalpur, Titilagarh, Balangir Stations.
Food packets and meals were also being distributed to the needy people at Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, Berhampur, Paradeep, Khurda Road, Visakhapatam and Viziaagaram Stations by involving IRCTC and NGOs.