Howrah stn runs out of Rail Neer

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Kolkata: Passengers at Howrah station had a trying time on Tuesday evening after licenced vendors and catering outlets ran out of Rail Neer bottles. The early summer heat added to the discomfort and many were forced to leave the premises in search of packaged water.
Only Rail Neer, a licenced product of the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), is allowed to be sold by stalls inside Howrah station. Howrah receives its quota of Rail Neer from the plant at Danapur in Bihar. This is one of the four plants in the country that produces Rail Neer. According to an IRCTC source, Howrah did not receive its full share of water on Tuesday as the plant was shut for maintenance.
After being alerted, senior officials in Kolkata got in touch with Danapur plant and a truckload of bottles finally reached the station early on Wednesday.
"Had the water not arrived, we would have had to get in touch with a private company to supply water bottles. This would have been a major problem as one-litre bottles of water from reputable companies sell for Rs 20. Rail Neer is sold at Rs 15 per bottle. Fortunately, there was sufficient stock at Danapur to meet our requirements. It is unfortunate that we have to depend on a plant so far away for supply of this crucial commodity. Any trouble, like an agitation or law and order issues, may hamper supplies for days. There are plans for a Rail Neer plant at Sankrail in Howrah. Such things can be avoided once this plant gets operational," an official said.
The plant at Danapur has a production capacity of 1,02,000 bottles per day and supplies to all stations and catering units in the eastern sector. The Howrah station that handles nearly a million passengers (both Eastern and South Eastern Railways) each day requires about 36,000 Rail Neer bottles every day. These include those served to passengers on Rajdhanis, Durontos and Shatabdis apart from bottles sold directly to passengers from stalls. Till there is any progress in the proposed plant at Sankrail, IRCTC officials have decided to make contingency plans to avoid any further crisis. during the summer months.

Source :The Times of India

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