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Beware! Water you drink at Ludhiana railway station is not safe

Hindustan Times has a copy of the report, in which the health department has given ‘unsatisfactory’ status to the collected samples.

punjab Updated: Aug 07, 2018 13:01 IST
Hitesh Jain
Hitesh Jain
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
Ludhiana railway station,Ludhiana,punjab
Health inspector checking water sample from one of the taps at Ludhiana railway station on Monday(HT Photo)

If you are consuming tap water at Ludhiana railway station, beware! A recent report by a team of railway health department revealed that tap water at the station meant for drinking is unsafe for consumption and contains bacteria.

The health department which had collected the water samples from Ferozepur Division laboratory last week, found that 100ml of water contained at least 90 bacteria (coliform).

Hindustan Times has a copy of the report, in which the health department has given ‘unsatisfactory’ status to the collected samples.

Manoj Kumar, health inspector for the Northern railways said, “We have written to authorities concerned many times but complaints seem to fall on deaf ears. No chlorination is done so water remains unfit for consumption.”On June 7 too, the tap water collected from the station failed the purity test as 50 bacteria were found in 100 ml of water.

The latest sample of tap water was collected on July 27 from water booth number 3 on platform number 1.The source of supply of this water is a deep tube well from which water gets stored in a water tank.

Sanjeev Kumar, a passenger, said, “I always prefer a mineral water bottle over tap water. According me, this is the only way to stay safe.”

Upma, another passenger, said, “When I refilled my water bottle from a tap here, I saw some small dust-like particles in it.”

When asked if chlorination had been done or not, Sunil Kumar, inspector of works, said, “We are chlorinate the water regularly but sometimes when water is supplied from non-operational pipes to booths, then the problem arises.” Moreover, we have maintained a register according to dates on which the chlorination process had been carried out, Kumar said.

The city has already seen more than 50 cases of diarrhoea and two deaths in the last one month, but authorities seem least bothered about the health of at least 70,000 (approx) visitors who come to the station daily.

Station director Abhinav Singla was not available for the comments despite several attempts.

First Published: Aug 07, 2018 13:01 IST