To further improve the availability of potable and affordable drinking water for commuters during their journey, Indian Railways has installed water coolers at railway stations which deal with 1000 passengers or more. As per details by the Ministry of Railways, a total of 1418 stations have been provided with water coolers. It has also been informed that a total of 3513 water coolers have been allotted by Railways to benefit commuters. A government press release stated that as per extant policy guidelines, water coolers are provided on those Railway Stations which deal with 1000 passengers or more (inward and outward) per day, on the average.
In Mumbai, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Dadar, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Thane and Kalyan stations have been installed with four machines each. Harbour route Panvel has 3 machines and Igatpuri has two machines, while Byculla, Parel, Kurla, Ghatkopar, Kanjurmarg, Vikhroli, Mulund, Kalwa, Mumbra, Dombivali, Mankhurd, King’s Circle and Reay Road stations have been provided with one machine each.
Earlier it was reported by chief spokesperson of the Railway, Sunil Udasi that in case if the commuter is not carrying a water bottle, the water vending machines also provide purified bottle to the passengers charging extra money for it., “The quality of the water would be checked periodically and report of the water quality would be displayed near the machine so that commuter’s faith remains intact”, Udasi was quoted by PTI.
Providing passengers with better facilities has been one of the important objectives of Indian Railways both in terms of business ethics as well as a social obligation. To achieve this, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu have also inaugurated various passenger amenities in Mumbai that include elevated desks, booking offices, Toilet Blocks Escalators at some railway stations and much more.
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