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37/2024-25 15-04-2024

In anticipation of the upcoming summer season and potential heatwaves, the Railway Ministry has reviewed the availability of drinking water at stations and issued instructions to Zonal Railways to ensure adequate supply of drinking water.

In accordance with the directives of the Ministry of Railways to provide potable drinking water to passengers at all stations across the Railway network, Southern Railway has intensified its efforts to see that drinking water is available at all stations and that all stations strive to provide clean drinking water to passengers in accordance with established norms.

The following measures have been initiated by Railways to further strengthen these efforts during the potentially scorching summer months;-

·Divisions have been instructed to to check o­n the availability and functionality of all existing water coolers and to ensure that all are functional to meet passenger demand.

  • At critical stations, Divisions have been instructed to explore the deployment of water tankers to supplement existing supplies.
  • Divisions and important stations have been instructed to conduct regular checks to confirm water availability across all platforms.
  • Divisions have been instructed to explore the possibility of collaboration with NGOs and Community Groups:to actively seek support from Mahila Samitis (women's self-help groups), NGOs, Scouts and Guides, and other Self Help Groups for the distribution of cool drinking water, particularly near general class coaches.
  • In areas facing water scarcity, railway authorities will collaborate with Municipal Corporations/State Governments and explore alternative water supply solutions.
  • All Divisions have been advised to set up a system for round-the-clock monitoring by railway staff to ensure consistent water availability and address any emerging issues promptly.
  • Apart from these measures, Railways have also ensured that RAIL NEER is available for the passengers. The last quarter from January to March, Railways has made available more than 59 lakh 1 litre water bottles at Stations for the benefit of travelling passengers and have supplied more than 40 lakh 1 litre bottles o­n board more than 630 passenger/mail/express trains running through the Southern Railway Zonal System daily.

Railways is committed to providing a comfortable and convenient travel experience for all passengers. These proactive measures aim to guarantee easy access to clean drinking water at stations throughout the summer season.

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