New Delhi, July 24: The slam by Comptroller and Auditor General of India on Indian Railways and IRCTC in the Parliament was both disappointing and relevant. Just focusing on the infrastructural development and increasing the number of trains is not the solution to overall development. Cleanliness at the railway platforms, quality and fresh food at the stalls, clean water and other such initiatives by the Ministry would make India ‘Swacch Bharat’. Most often we complain about the Railways food and it is a bigger issue as trains are the most used commuting network for common people. However, as a result of the recent CAG report, IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) decides to install 1,100 water vending machines at 450 stations in 2017-18.
According to IRCTC, it has ensured to deliver clean drinking water at low cost in rail premises across the country. The Railway Ministry in a series of tweets said that this initiative will help in generating employment for around 2,000 people. A glass of 30 ml water dispensed through these machines will cost just Rs 1. While a glass of half a litre water will cost Rs 3, a litre will be available Rs 5, two litres for Rs 8 and a can for Rs 20.
This particular project of setting up WVMs was initiated in 2015 with an objective of providing potable water at nominal rates. At present, there are 1,106 WVMs at 345 stations in the country. The water is dispensed in these WVMs with the process of Reverse Osmosis that are operated round-the-clock.