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Soon, There’ll Be Vending Machines And The Option To Pay For Food With Cards At Mumbai Stations

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Back in late 2016, we told you about the IRCTC’s plans to install ‘pizza ATMs’ at Mumbai’s railway stations. While we’re still waiting for those to make their station-wide appearance, we have another bit of news; the Indian Railways are looking to install automatic vending machines (AVMs) at all suburban stations in Mumbai. Additionally, you’ll soon be able to pay for food from street stalls using a credit or debit card.

The Vending Machine Plan

Vending machines are already popular across the world as they allow customers to feed in a certain amount of money and receive packaged food in return. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation is looking at installing these machines at B-D grade stations in Mumbai to both offer convenience and more hygienic fare to travellers.

“We will call for tenders soon,” said a railway official to the Mid-Day.

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The machines will stock chips, bottled drinks and biscuits.

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Additionally, railway officials recently announced a plan to allow travellers to pay for food at stalls using debit or credit cards.


The railways have issued a Catering Policy 2017, where all food purchases at stations will have to billed. Food sellers will have to offer both card swiping options and computerised billing.

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