The railway ministry today cancelled a caterers contract after a passenger found a dead lizard in his vegetable biryani served on a Delhi-bound train from Howrah, a ministry spokesperson said.
The passenger had ordered and eaten the dish without noticing the lizard but felt unwell later, a co-passenger, Meghna Sinha, said in a series of Tweets yesterday.
“In view of the Railways zero tolerance policy towards poor quality and overcharging of food, the railway administration has terminated the contract of the catering contractor, R K Associates, for the Howrah-New Delhi Poorva Express,” Railway Ministry spokesperson A K Saxena told PTI.
Sinha had shot a photograph of the biryani packet, uploaded it on Twitter and tagged the Indian Railways. In another Tweet, she tagged Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.
The ministry tweeted today that the catering contract on Poorva Express was given to R K Associates on May 15, 2014, for five years. The caterer was fined Rs 10 lakh last year and Rs 7.5 lakh, it said in another Tweet.
The passenger, who had asked for the biryani when the train was near Jhajha, Bihar, also uploaded a complaint on Twitter. Responding to the complaint, the minister’s office asked the traveler for travel details.
“Kindly share your PNR number,” it tweeted and tagged the concerned catering department.