New Delhi: During peak summer season, there is heavy demand of drinking water. Due to closure of schools and festive/marriage season, the number of passenger travelling by railways also increases and so does the demand of drinking water. To curb the menace of unauthorised PDW (PACKAGED DRINKING WATER) in railway premises, an all-India drive named "Operation Thirst" has been launched.
On the direction of DG/RPF, Railway Board, New Delhi, all the Zonal Principal Chief Security Commissioners (PCSC) have been asked to crackdown on these unauthorised activities. Almost all major stations across the Railways were covered during this operation which was launched on July 8 and 9.
During the drive, 1,371 persons were arrested for selling of packaged drinking water of unauthorised brands under Sections 144 & 153 of Railway Act. Total 69,294 bottles of PDW have been seized. A total fine amount of Rs 6,80,855 has been realised from these offenders. At least four pantry car managers involved in selling of the same were also arrested. Stalls on platforms were also found selling packaged drinking water bottle of brands which are not authorised by Railways, an official press release said.
"Further enquiry into these cases are being made to reach the origin of this activity and those found involved will be taken up accordingly. The special drive will be followed by continuous action by concerned PCSCs on this issue," the statement added.