It’s like a sense of déjà vu all over again. Last May, when the newly-launched Tejas Express was vandalized and miscreants smashed LCD screens and soiled the state-of-the-art toilets, it was a blemish on Indian society and how we take for granted what the government provides us. Some of us – the more idealistic in nature – hoped that there would be a change in attitude, but if a Mumbai Mirror report is to go by, nothing seems to have changed at all.
According to the report, passengers have ‘destroyed’ the Mumbai-Manmad Panchavati Express, just four months after the train service was upgraded with Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches with better amenities. On a recent inspection of the train, it was found that it had wrecked tray tables, dislodged armrests, damaged upholstery, torn curtains, smashed windows, and health faucets, taps, toughened glass of luggage racks, trash bins and mirrors stolen.
“The frequent incidents of vandalism and theft have left the Central Railway with a repair bill of around Rs 9 lakh, excluding the cost of paint needed to gloss over hundreds of paan stains and other signs of defacement,” the report added. Read More