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Posted at: May 16, 2018, 1:14 AM; last updated: May 16, 2018, 1:14 AM (IST)

Passengers rue lack of cold potable water

Passengers rue lack of cold potable water
Passengers drink normal tap water at city railway station

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, May 15

Thousands of passengers at the city railway station are a harried lot in this scorching heat in the absence of cold potable water. Similarly, the situation at the city bus stand is no different.

Passengers allege that though railway authorities claim to have provided basic amenities at the railway station, they have installed water vending machines so that passengers can avail cold potable water at nominal rates. Unfortunately, the city railway authorities have miserably failed to start the water vending machines reasons best known to them.

Manoj Kumar, a passenger, said, “The potable water booths installed at platforms are releasing hot water. Besides, a majority of potable water booths present a picture of neglect. Taps keep leaking or running and to stop their leakage authorities concerned have permanently covered them with plastic bottles.”

He further stated that people belonging to lower middle class were being adversely hit as they were not able to purchase mineral water. As a result, they are left with no option but to drink hot water coming from water booths installed at the platforms.

When contacted, Ramswaroop Meena, station superintendent, said, “We have already started some of the water vending machines installed at the platforms for the convenience of passengers and very soon we are going to install water coolers at the platforms.”

On the other hand, the condition at the city bus stand is even worse. Forget about cold potable water, the existing potable water booths installed on the premises of the city bus stand are in a pitiable condition. As a result, passengers have to purchase mineral water from the stalls which often fleece them. Besides, the accumulation of garbage near water booths is a common sight at the bus stand.

Passengers lament that despite being well aware that in this scorching heat every individual need sold potable water to quench their thirst, but still they haven’t made any arrangement.

Manmeet Singh, a passenger, said, “Despite being well aware of the situation at the city bus stand, it is very difficult to understand why the authorities concerned did not paid any heed towards this serious issue.”

Harmeet Singh, a shopkeeper at the bus stand, said, “Earlier, there was a RO attached with the potable water booth, but after some time PRTC employees have removed it from here without citing any reason.”

When contacted, Parveen Kumar, general manager, PRTC, said, “Owing to the pitiable condition of the existing water booths installed on the premises of the city bus stand, we have already sent the proposal to the higher authorities for purchasing two water coolers. Hopefully, within a week we will install water coolers at the bus stand.”

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