Noida-based startup RailYatri, which runs train travel app, has acqui-hired Kochi-based food-delivery technology startup YatraChef, reported Times of India.

Post acquisition, YatraChef's team will manage the pan-India supply side of RailYatri's in transit delivery business.

With this acqui-hiring, RailYatri aims to strengthen its supply-side commerce capabilities, as it continues to add new offerings to its travel marketplace.

Founded in 2011 by Kapil Raizada, Manish Rathi and Sachin Saxena, RailYatri is backed Google's prestigious launchpad accelerator and well funded by investors including Nandan Nilekani, Blume Ventures and Helion Venture, among others.

RailYatri mobile app provides real-time information on live train status, PNR Status, seat availability predictions, fare calculator, platforms/ facilities at stations, personalized alerts, access to essential travel services like meals and taxi.

"YatraChef's skills will help us jointly develop new offerings that would re-define the traveller experience with RailYatri. We are delighted to have them on board," said Manish Rathi, CEO, and co-founder of RailYatri.

YatraChef was founded in 2013 by Rameez Ashraf and Arun Rajan with an aim to serve restaurant food for passengers of Indian Railways.

Arun Rajan, CEO and co-founder at YatraChef said, "Having partnered with RailYatri for some time now, it was an obvious decision to join hands as we can make a much bigger impact together. We are excited to be part of the RailYatri family and look forward to continuing growing stronger than before".

RailYatri was among six shortlisted startups for Google Launchpad accelerator programme in May 2017.

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