‘Sattvik certification’: Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express becomes India’s first completely vegetarian train  

According to a recent announcement from Indian Railways, travellers on the Vande Bharat Express from Delhi to Katra are no longer permitted to bring non-vegetarian food with them. It should be highlighted that the whole train atmosphere, not just the food supplied, will henceforth be vegetarian for passengers travelling from Delhi to Katra. All the “neutral” materials, such as cleaning products, soaps, and similar items, as well as the kitchen where the food is produced and served, have only ever dealt with vegetarian meals.

The Delhi-Katra Vande-Bharat Express is the first train in the nation to receive a Sattvik certificate as a result of the new regulation. The IRCTC made the decision to seek this accreditation for select trains that go to holy locations by signing a contract with the NGO Sattvic Council of India, beginning with the Vande Bharat to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi, Katra, in J&K. According to a specialist with the Sattvic Council of India, this would be implemented in 18 additional trains, including the Vande Bharat to Varanasi. Regular trains will travel to Sattvik after this campaign is over.

The founder of the Sattvik Council of India, Abhishek Biswas, claims that certain steps had to be taken before the Vande Bharat train could be granted the Satvik certificate. This included an evaluation of the cooking technique, the kitchen, the serving, and storage items, as well as how they were stored. The certificate was not given until the entire procedure was completed.

IRCTC has reportedly begun converting Vande Bharat into a sattvik train, according to the Railways. Other trains that travel to holy locations will eventually be converted to sattvik service. The people that ride these trains are folks who are on a spiritual journey and prefer to consume only sattvic foods. The remainder of the trains will also be converted to sattvik in addition to this.

IRCTC, Air India, and several other state-owned organisations (both the Central and State Governments) employ ‘Halal’-certified goods such chicken products, soft beverages, wheat, and chocolate, among others. Nevertheless, this is a first. IRCTC advised using only “Sattvik”-certified goods when travelling.

It is preferred that the Delhi-Katra (Vaishnodevi) Vande Bharat Express not utilise any Halal certified items. As ‘Sattvik’ certification goes against ‘Halal’ equivalent; finally, Indian Railways pick the ‘Sattvik’ certification after dismissing its ‘Halal’ approval at least in Delhi-Katra (Vaishnodevi) Vande Bharat Express.

As planned, the Delhi-Katra (Vaishnodevi) Vande Bharat Express will begin operating on August 15, 2022, in celebration of India’s 75th anniversary of independence (also known as “Azadi ka Amrit Mahaotsava”).