Friday, April 12, 2013

Hygiene food in Trains ?
New Delhi: In a shocking revelation about the pathetic condition of catering services in Indian Railways, CNN-IBN has accessed a railways report that exposes how food is prepared in filthy conditions. The report says that the food served in trains is cooked in dirty, smelly and waterlogged pantry cars.

This stands true even for premier express trains. The report says that cockroaches were all around the GT Express pantry car. In the Shramjivi Express, the water used for washing coaches was also used for cooking and in the Bihar Sampark Kranti, samosas were found kept in a dirty basket along with mops.
Video grab of a passenger video accessed by CNN-IBN showing cockroach on food served on Shatabdi. IBNLive.
Video grab of a passenger video accessed by CNN-IBN showing cockroach on food served on Shatabdi. IBNLive.
For many travelling on trains, the quality of food leaves much to be desired. But now the railway board’s own inspection report shows just how sub-standard it really is.
Speaking to CNN-IBN, MoS Railways Adhir Ranjan said, “We accept that there is a problem. We are trying to rectify it.”
Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, we are told, had infact pulled up top officials recently for lack of hygiene on trains. Around six lakhs people use the catered food on trains and on stations across the country. These inspection reports highlight how they are being taken for a ride and their health being jeopardised.
The report that has been unearthed is just one part of a series of inspections carried out by railway board on various trains in February, 2013.
In an inspection of GT Express in Southern Railways, the railway board found the pantry car’s exhaust and light fixtures blackened and full of oily cobwebs. Although pest control was done just a week before, cockroaches were evident all around.
Similarly, on the Tamil Nadu Express, vegetables kept on stores shelf were not fresh and black stains were found on cabbage. Inspections were also carried out on Shramjivi Express where the report says that water used for washing coaches was being used for cooking. In Bihar Sampark Kranti Express, masala for filling samosas was kept open and half cooked samosas were kept in a dirty basket along with the cloth used for mopping.
Not just filthy and unhygienic conditions, the inspection notes also showed how on many trains there is a major discrepancy in rates at which food was being sold.
(inputs from IBNLive)


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