COIMBATORE: Passengers must bring drinking water with themselves if they do not want to buy bottled water at the Coimbatore railway station. The authorities have ‘forgotten’ to provide drinking water facilities at the station. Some however allege that this was done to help the shops there selling bottled water.
On a visit to the station, Express asked a woman staff there about drinking water and promptly got the reply, “If you need drinking water, you have to buy it from the shops.”
Asked about the taps there, she said, “This is not drinking water. It can be used only for other needs.”
Coimbatore Railway Passengers Association president Mohan Sankar criticised the apathy of the authorities in providing drinking water inside the station. “The issue was raised a many times with the officials, but they have not taken any action,” he said.
When contacted, station master L Chinnaraju said, “We will do the needful”.