New Delhi: Railway Protection Force(RPF) launched an All India Drive named “Operation Thirst” to curb the menace of unauthorised packaged drinking water (PDW) in railway premises on 8 and 9 Jul.
During the drive, 1371 people were arrested for selling of packaged drinking water of unauthorised brands under section 144 and section 133 of the Railway Act. The total of 69294 bottles of PDW has been seized. The total fine amount of Rs 6,80,855 lakhs have been realized from these offenders. Four Pantry car managers involved in the 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.
The drive was initiated on the direction of DG/RPF, Railway Board, New Delhi, where all the zonal Principal Chief Security Commissioners (PCSC) were asked to crackdown the unauthorised activities. Almost all significant stations over Indian railway were covered during this operation.
Further enquiry into these cases is being made to reach the origin of this illegal 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.