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Price of cup of tea on Shatabdi Express will leave you in splits; Here’s what Internet is talking about

While travelling, a passenger bought tea on the train for which he had to pay a service tax of Rs 50.

New Delhi: If you think that the price of food and beverage Indian Railways on has lessened, then you might be wrong. A passenger was surprised after he was charged Rs 70 for a cup of tea during his train journey.

While travelling, a passenger bought tea on the train for which he had to pay a service tax of Rs 50. The original price of the cup of tea was Rs 20. Thus, in total it amounted to Rs 70. The person took to Twitter and shared the picture of the bill. Soon, the picture went viral online.

Passenger pays Rs 70 for a cup of tea

The passenger was travelling on the Bhopal Shatabdi train running between Delhi and Bhopal on June 28. Taking to Twitter, he shared a photo of the bill, which showed Rs 70 for a cup of tea (original price of the tea – Rs 20; tax – Rs 70). Captioning the picture, he wrote, “GST of Rs 50 on tea worth Rs 20. Altogether, a tea is worth Rs 70. Isn’t it an amazing loot?”

The passenger stated that he made a series of complaints to IRCTC, which provides catering services on the railways. However, no actions were taken against it.

People were shocked to see such a high price of a cup of tea. One of the social media users commented that it is not GST but a service charge.

See some of the reactions here:

Indian Railways explains the reason

However, India Today reported that as per railway officials, no extra money was charged from the passenger. The officials have given a reason for the same.

In 2018, a circular was issued by Indian Railways which stated that if a passenger does not book a meal while making a reservation in trains like Rajdhani or Shatabdi, then a service charge of Rs 50 has to be paid for ordering tea, coffee, and food items.

Earlier food services were served mandatorily on Rajdhani and Shatabdi, however, in 2017, it was made optional.

Notably, during the booking of a ticket through IRCTC, a passenger can now choose catering facilities during the train journey.