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Posted at: May 17, 2018, 12:07 AM; last updated: May 17, 2018, 12:07 AM (IST)

Tanker owner illegally selling potable water at bus stand

Tanker owner illegally selling potable water at bus stand
A water tanker stationed on the premises of the city bus stand without taking permission of the PRTC authorities concerned. Photo: Vijay Kumar

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, May 16

Owing to the scarcity of cold potable water at the city bus stand, a private water tanker owner has illegally stationed his tanker on the bus stand premises right under the nose of the authorities concerned. He is cashing in on the situation by selling RO water to shopkeepers and bus operators in 20 litre cans. He has deployed an employee to sell the RO water at Rs 20 per can.

Talking to Bathinda Tribune, the employee said, “On an average we sell around 200 cans a day to shopkeepers and bus operators at Rs 20 each.”

When contacted, Shamsher Singh, private water tanker owner, said he had been selling RO water at the city bus stand for the last few years and nobody had objected to it.

He said they were filling water tanks on the premises of the city bus stand with RO water for facilitation of passengers.

Gurjant Singh, main stand in-charge (MSI), PRTC, said, “Shamsher brought in his water tanker on the premises of the bus stand following a demand from traders and bus operators in view of water problem here.”

He, however, clarified that Shamsher did not take any permission from the PRTC authorities.

Parveen Kumar, general manager, PRTC, confirmed that the water tanker was stationed there due to water crisis at the bus stand. He said they would soon install water coolers at the bus stand to resolve the issue.

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