Indian Railways have been upgrading themselves time and again by bringing in better facilities, improvised meals and even WiFi at the stations but luxury over necessity does not seems like a good idea. As admitted by the Indian Railways in a response to a petition in High Court recently, the water available at platforms and many staff quarters in North India is contaminated.
The water contains bacteria that is apparently found in human faeces. This is an alarming fact, coming from one of the biggest Railways network of the World. The bacteria that is found in human excreta is usually responsible for causing diarrhoea, dysentery, cramps and acute gastroenteritis. While these might seem not so dangerous consequences, in cases of children, adults and those with a weaker immune system, the effects could be fatal.
10 units of Thermotolerant coliform bacteria (TCB) was thus allowed per 100 ml samples as ‘permissible’.
While the Railways claimed that the situation is being acted upon and soon it will get better, major stations of Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Ghaziabad, Varanasi are still running open the life claiming taps.
Previously, passengers had expressed doubts on the packaged water being sold at the stations but then this wrenching fact has brought all out. It was all blamed to a ‘flawed quality monitoring procedure’ that the situation became this grim.The Railways however claims that they have ordered Uniform Drinking Water Quality Monitoring Protocol which was to get executed from July 2016 but still hasn’t.