New Delhi: In October 2018, the Indian Railways initiated ‘Project Utkrisht’ for upgrading its long-distance trains to ensure better on-board experience, cleanliness and hygiene to passengers. However, most of the fittings from the trains’ washrooms are missing, which reflects the gross misuse of public services. Also Read - Central Railways' first 'Utkrisht rake' to be flagged off tomorrow
Nearly 2,000 mirrors with stainless steel frame, around 500 liquid soap dispensers, and close to 3,000 toilet flush valves are also missing from the rakes. have been stolen from the rakes’ toilets and wash basins.
The railway data further reveals 5,000 stainless steel taps and even toilet seat covers have been stolen, according to a report by Mumbai Mirror.
The Central Railway reportedly suffered a loss of Rs 15.25 lakh due to the thefts, while the Western Railway suffered a Rs 38.58-lakh loss.
“Each Mirror cost Rs 600 while the tap cost Rs 108. The brand-new seat covers have been damaged and the emergency box that contained a hammer has been smashed and the hammer stolen from around 80 rakes”, an official said.
It isn’t the first time that such incidents have been reported. As many as 337 headphones distributed to passengers for the entertainment systems on-board the Mumbai-Goa Tejas Express were stolen in just four round trips in May 2017.
While passengers always demand better facilities on trains, such incidents raise serious questions as to whether they even deserve them?