Railway vendor fined Rs 1 lakh for using toilet water to make tea, coffee

Indian railway toilet water used

New Delhi, May 3: A viral video dating back to December of last year has prompted authorities to impose a fine of Rs 1 lakh on a railway vendor for using toilet water on trains to prepare tea and coffee.

The video which was widely shared on various social media shows a vendor in a blue shirt coming out of a train toilet with tea and coffee cans, indicating that water was being mixed in the cans inside the toilet.

The incident had occurred in December last year onboard Chennai Central-Hyderabad Charminar Express at Secunderabad railway station in Hyderabad.

“An inquiry was conducted, and on the basis of it stringent action has been taken up against the Train Side Vending contractor for the section between Secunderabad and Kazipet, P Sivaprasad, with whom the identified vendor in the video was employed,” South Central Railway (SCR) Chief Public Relations Officer M Umashankar Kumar said in a release.

Two other persons seen in the video were unauthorised hawkers, Kumar added.

The Commercial Department of the SCR has been carrying out extensive drives against unauthorised hawking at Secunderabad railway station in the last few months, during which all such hawkers, including the two involved in the incident, had been removed, Kumar said.

A strict vigil was continuously being kept at various levels to ensure that no such incidents recur in the SCR Zone, the official added.

As in the video, vendor was seen coming out of a train toilet with tea and coffee cans, indicating that water was being mixed in the cans inside the toilet clearly indicates the negligence of Railways. Is there scarcity of clean water in Railways that led vendor to use toilet water?

Earlier, Barely a week after Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India last year in July said in its audit report that food served by Indian Railways to its passengers is unfit for consumption, a shocking incident of negligence by railway authorities had come to light. A Lizard was found in a food served to a passenger on-board Poorva Express Number 12303 on Howrah-Delhi route.

It is not the first time that such a complaint has been received from people travelling by train. Passengers travelling by the train frequently report about the improper food served to them.

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