The next time you feel the strong urge to drink a cup of coffee or slurp on steaming noodles at the Nescafe booth on the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) campus, think again. The beverage could well have been prepared with water fetched from a toilet!
According to sources in the PGIMER administration, during a recent inspection carried under the supervision of endocrinology HoD Dr Anil Bhansali, it was found that the Nescafe tuck shop located in front of the main library was using water sourced from a toilet to make coffee and various other beverages as well as cooking.
Sources revealed that when the committee visited the tuck shop, they came across water containers lying uncovered and that too in unhygienic conditions on its premises.
When the inspection committee inquired, the shop staff allegedly revealed that water for making beverages and cooking was taken from a toilet in the nearby department of forensic medicine in Research Block II of the institute. Following this, the inspecting team confiscated the water containers and handed them over to the PGI estate branch.
Besides, the committee also found that dustbins lying near the shop were full to the brim and waste had not been disposed of and even the rate list was not displayed.
The Nescafe franchise is run by one Vikram Enterprises, which also runs Nescafe booths at various places in the city.
Taking serious note of the inspection committee's findings, the PGIMER administration has now called for an explanation from the owner of Vikram Enterprises.
Interestingly, when Nescafe booth was opened at PGIMER in June 2009, institute administration had hailed it as "the first outlet of any branded company opened on the PGI campus".
Besides, various beverages like coffee and tea, on offer at the Nescafe booth are noodles, which too are cooked in the water drawn from the toilet.