With the temperature in Mumbai rising steadily, suburban commuters have demanded that the railways speed up installing water vending machines at suburban stations.
So far Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has installed 15 water vending machines on the stations to cater to 75 lakh suburban commuters. The IRCTC official blamed railway officials for delay as the list of sites to install the vending machines came in late.
“There was delay in receiving the site list from railways, so the installations got postponed. However, 49 water vending machines will be installed on both Central and Western Railway by the end of this month,” said an IRCTC spokesperson.
The railways had announced installation of water vending machines on railway stations to allow commuters to purchase purified water at a much cheaper rate. Besides, it is also environment friendly containers can be reused to fill water, thus reducing plastic waste.
The commuters can buy 300ml of purified water for Re1 and one litre of water for Rs5.
“Availability of filtered water at suburban stations is a necessity. The scheme should be well-maintained by the railways especially in summer,” said Kailash Verma, member of suburban user’s consultative committee (SRUCC), Mumbai.
Currently, the machine es are available only on 11 stations of the Western Railway which includes Borivli, Khar, Lower Parel, Marine Lines, Charni Road, Palghar, Dahanu Road, Mahalaxmi, Elphinstone Road, Matunga and Mahim. On an average water worth Rs11,500 is sold daily at these stations.