Provide 500ml Rail Neer bottles: Bombay High Court to IRCTC

Source:  www.dnaindia.com

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday suggested the IRCTC to provide 500ml Rail Neer packaged drinking water bottles for suburban railway commuters as it is easy to carry. At the moment the IRCTC provides 1 litre bottle.

A division bench of justice Naresh Patil and justice MS Sonak asked the IRCTC to file reply to the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) challenging the circular issued by the railways, banning private company packaged drinking water at stalls on railway stations.

The PIL filed by Mumbai resident LS Vohra through his advocate Rui Rodriguez relied on media reports that the bottle water was not available at few stations and thereby causing hardships. Further, it also stated that not making available other company bottles lead to a monopoly situation.

However, the railways defended its decision by stating that earlier there was a shortage but now the supply has been smooth and the project is being implemented in a phased manner and only at those stations where the supply of Rail Neer is possible. Moreover, if a passenger wants a particular company bottle of water then this option is available on long distance trains where passengers can pre-book their meals. More info

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