IRCTC will soon upgrade and redesign pantry cars to offer hygienic meals. The upgraded pantry cars will have better storage facilities for food items. Food will be prepared from the base kitchens set up at railway stations and then sent to the pantry cars. Pantry cars across the railways are proposed to be upgraded at an estimated cost of up to Rs 250 crore, over the next three years. “The proposal has just been issued at our corporate office in Delhi” said a senior IRCTC official from Chennai. “Soon, we will get orders from higher authorities and only then can zonal offices of IRCTC implement them,” he said. According to the plan, once the pantry cars are upgraded, IRCTC will then take over the responsibility of maintaining them.