New Delhi,Aug 3,Railways have imposed heavy fines totalling 11.50 lakh rupees on nine caterers including IRCTC for serving bad quality food in trains.

A senior Railway Ministry official said Railway had launched a special drive in the last month to detect quality of food being served on different trains. The official said, IRCTC was fined one lakh rupees as a cockroach was found in the food in Kolkata Rajdhani on July 23. He said that bad food was found in 13 trains.

He said, while in some trains food was found to be kept in unhygienic conditions, in others it was either found to be stale or substandard.

Plagued by a number of complaints regarding the quality of food, Railways have made a concerted attempt to improve quality of food being served in trains. Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda had announced in the Rail Budget to make course correction in catering service to address the problem.