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RKHS in talks with Rlys for catering services

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Employees busy in the kitchen of the RKHS food court at Cyber Gateway in Hyderabad.


RADHAKRISHNA Hospitality Services Ltd (RKHS), a 50-per cent joint venture with Compass Group of the UK, is currently negotiating with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) for taking up catering services.

IRCTC was trying to outsource food catering services and "we are interested in participating in their endeavour", the RKHS Chief Executive Officer, Mr Saajid Khan, said, adding that something would fructify in this regard in a couple of months.

IRCTC was expected to introduce outside catering services in metro railway stations initially,

Talking to newspersons on the occasion of RKHS opening its food court at Cyber Gateway here on Thursday, Mr Khan said that the Rs 85-crore food service company was currently focussing on corporate, retail and travel segments. It also had a business plan for the airline sector.

He said that RKHS had its own training institute in Mumbai where about 2,000 employees would be imparted training every year. Besides, the company had nine trainers who visited its outfits across the country. It also had a team of dieticians to enable it to provide healthy foods.

The food court at Cyber Gateway in Hitec City, the company's third in the country, would provide food services for the expected 8,000 professionals who would be working at the complex. It would remain open day and night. With a current seating capacity of over 250, the food court could be expanded to accommodate up to 350 persons within its 8,400-sq.ft. area.

Mr Khan said that with the growing number of hi-tech parks across the country, the concept of food courts that provide meal options on site and operate round the clock was growing in popularity.

Hence, RKHS' efforts would be directed at creating a significant market in this category. Its first food court in the IT park segment was started at Chennai's Tidel Park in early 2001.

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