The great Indian Railway Mineral water scam

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#1 Aug 4th, 2014, 01:35
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The great Indian Railway Mineral water scam.
Here's one such caught on can at Ahmedabad station. Right under nose of railway authorities.

Worried about it since I often travel by trains.
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Reinforces the crush after throw message..

(Not giving the officials any leeway, just picking up part of the onus)
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What is she saying at the beginning of the clip? Is it in Gujarati?

I would generally buy water from a stall at the station rather than from one of these guys with bottles in a bucket - I guess that would be safer, no? And wouldn't one be able to tell a refill by checking the seal anyway?
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"Yahaan ka bhi utaarna, udhar Chhede ka bhi utaarna; aur mera number chaahiye to number bhi leke jaana!"

"Take a video here, (and) also take a video of Chhede over there; and if you want my number then take that too!".

She's speaking in Hindi.

(I would buy and carry water from normal stores, or drink whiskey).
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No problems for you if you stick to whiskey
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Maybe she is trying to earn an honest living by selling unsealed bottles of water to passengers who don't mind.
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On my first trip to India, in Kerala, I remember a house where the family were selling unsealed refilled bottles of water. They were all on a table in front of the house; it must have been near some popular tourist spot like a waterfall. I picked one bottle up, looked at the seal and tut-tutted loudly (embarrassing to think of it now) and someone came running out of the house waving their hands saying that these bottles were not for sale to us (foreigners). They must have been there ready for a group of Indian tourists who, as you say, wouldn't mind and the people were indeed very honest about it.
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For perspective, I have ice and normal water in every bar I go to in Bombay. Even though they say it is filtered, it may be unfiltered. I would not recommend it for tourists with limited time to recover and possibly weaker constitutions.
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Originally Posted by JuliaF View Post No problems for you if you stick to whiskey
Don't be too sure. You could be in for a shock.

As for the water, its safer to buy it from the railway guys on the train or the authorised railway stalls.

One thing that a lot of people do and which I think is a good idea is to once in a while drink a little bit of unfiltered water, only in small amounts. The stomach gets used to it and this helps to create immunity, so when your stomach, which is always used to purified water, is suddenly confronted with the unfiltered stuff, even by mistake, it doesn't go haywire.
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Agree with getting immune, but does not work for tourists on a three week stay.

As for whiskey. I only buy IMFL (Indian Made Foreign Liquor) or get it from Duty Free. No way would I buy my favoured imported brands locally.

I also throw away the caps, tear the boxes and tear the labels off the bottles before disposing of the empty bottles of the good stuff.
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Back in 2008, I was in Mount Abu. Don't remember exactly, but I guess it was Mount Abu bus station (or Nathdwara?) where they had installed big purifying machines and were selling UV and RO purified water. If you had your own bottle, then get it filled for 4rs/L and if you don't have one, pay 8rs/L (4rs for 1L water + 4rs for bottle).
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I used to think that I had built up an immunity after many healthy trips to India, but I got giardia on my last trip so that idea of immunity was wrong.

About crushing bottles, throwing the caps separately etc, I used to stab bottles with a penknife so that they couldn't be reused but then when you see someone using a bottle over and over again for eg cooking oil, it seems even more wasteful to deny the possibility of the bottle being reused in a harmless way.
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The bottles which were sold for 4rs had an exact shape and size of Aquafina. Label imitation is easy these days. And Indian jugaad is so great that it can even seal the bottles!
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You would have put my old professor out of business Vish. I always bring my guide 2 bottles of Chevaz Regal one of which we drink and both of which end up refilled to sell to the new rich & and not so aware. Its a professor retirement plan. I was delighted to host him in this country for a conference. I wonder how many empties he took back.?
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Plastics, glass and paper are never shoved in a landfill in India. They're always recycled. I just don't want 'em bottles recycled to me as fake stuff hence I destroy their value, and then send them for recycling. An empty bottle of Chivas Regal or Johnnie Walker Blue/Green/Gold/Black Label or a single malt would get me Rs.50-Rs.100, a destroyed one Rs.5, from my pastiwala (scrap dealer). I destroy it. He always complains.

I have seen bartenders filling up so-called 'tamper-proof' bottles, albeit with the same brand to keep the bar tidy, but it is possible.
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