As the two-month-old food court has only managed to draw a tepid response, the Delhi Division of the Northern Railway is set to float fresh tenders to invite famous restaurant brands.
The Railways on Thursday held a meeting with all major food chains like Haldirams, Bikaner, ComeSum, Pizza outlets and others to pursue them to open stalls at the multi-cuisine food court.
At present, the multi-cuisine food court has only three outlets — China Thai, Amul Ice Cream and an in-house Railways unit.
The Railways is now planning to call tenders for four other vacant outlets at the court, which was opened in November.
“The meeting was held to inform and invite the big food players to bid for outlets. It was attended by all the senior executives all major food chain brands in the city and a decision was taken to refloat the tender,” a senior Railways official said.
The multi-cuisine food court is a round-the-clock facility on platform 1. The fully air-conditioned facility is spread on an area of 700 sqm, and can accommodate nearly 300 people at a time.
Sources said in the three-hour meeting, executives of famous food chains discussed how the tender procedure were very cumbersome. As a result, the administration is now mulling a plan to simply the bidding procedures.
“The tendering procedures were explained to them to remove any ambiguity. We are also planning to simplify the procedures,” the official said.
The food court will operate on a revenue-sharing model between the Railways and the food vendors. The cafe will have a central billing system, controlled by the Railways.