After a video purportedly showing tea vendors coming out of a train toilet with their cans went viral, Indian railways slapped a fine of Rs 1 lakh on a vending contractor for using water from train toilet to make coffee and tea.
The incident that occurred in last December onboard Chennai Central-Hyderabad Charminar Express at Secunderabad railway station, was caught on cameras.
The video of the incident which circulated on social media in the past few days shows some vendors coming out of a train toilet with the cans, suggesting that the water was mixed in the cans inside the toilet.
While advising the IRCTC to levy a penalty against the Train Side Vending Licensee Sivaprasad, the Commercial Department of the South Central Railways said it a ‘wrong practice’. “However, the very fact that the Tea/Coffee cans were seen brought out of the toilet, is in itself a wrong practice,” it said.
“On the basis of the inquiry, stringent action has been taken up against the Train Side Vending contractor for the section between Secunderabad and Kazipet, P. Siva Prasad, with whom the identified vendor in the video was employed. A penalty of Rs 1 lakh has been levied on the licensee, through IRCTC, the contracting agency,” Railways said in a statement.