Food safety on Indian Railways

#1 Nov 5th, 2011, 19:14
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Check out these photos to understand how Tea (Chai) is prepared on Indian trains. This may be the case in most of the cases.

1.Caterers use toilet water for making tea.
2.Your tea is made in a special zone near toilet.
3.Bath heater is used for making tea.

These snaps were forwarded by one of the travelers, who took these photos while traveling in Konkan railway (Janshatabadi Exp.)

Did you ever come across this kind of experience on Indian Trains?
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#2 Nov 6th, 2011, 07:09
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and these are the Pantry Car workers rather than people hopping on the train to flog chai!!!
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These pics have been put across here before.

It's nonsense, as anyone could guess.
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I saw this thread yesterday and thought of replying but let it go.

1. I think there is one source of water for all the needs in the train. However, i saw those large sealed plastic cans/cartons of water in the pantry once. I believe the staff uses this water for making tea.

2. The special zone is called as 'Pantry' and its usually located as a separate section at the end of sleeper class, after you cross the toilets. Not sure whats the point in linking the pantry's location to toilet.

3. Iam not sure about this either because i saw they were using a large stove with several burners connected to a gas cylinder.

Not saying IRCTC is flawless in its hygiene standards but their service is used by millions every day and to create this sort of hysteria is unnecessary.
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@machadinha, Sorry, I am not aware that these photos were posted earlier. Please provide the link, I would like to read the discussion. Thanks in advance

@Prince09,
1. Yeah, that is the question? “Same source” of water for toilets and making the tea and cooking. Are they potable?

2. No comments!

3. You are right IRCTC service has been used by millions every day, as there is no other choice and food on the platform/stations is worst than trains in most of the cases. But it does not mean that we should accept whatever quality standards they maintain.
IRCTC set “quantity” standards for every item they prepare and sell on the train. Next time check the “quantity” suggested and “quantity” offered. You will find great difference.

Brother Prince, I hope I am not creating any hysteria here. Cheers!
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I've travelled 63,000km on Indian Railways, in all areas of India, and using all classes, and I love Chai/Coffee.

I'd say that on average I have a chai/coffee every hour whilst on a train, I only sleep about 5 hours a night, but in the morning I have 3 - 4 cups of chai.

Given that an Indian train only averages about 40km per hour, I'd estimate that I've had 1000 cups of chai/coffee, including about 12 on 2 trips on the JanShatabdi mentioned in the first post.

Number of times I've felt ill, unwell or just a little strange after a chai/coffee...............0

If it is made with 'toilet water', then I must be a fan of toilet water.

You know you're missing India when you........start drinking water from your toilet.

Small point, unlike western toilets, Indian train toilets don't have water in them
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I clicked those pictures! Stop claiming that your friend did or he did or she did.... I will sue you for every penny you have for using these pictures without my permission but as I am such a kind hearted person I will let you off this time provided you dont lie about them atleast.

I took these pictures on a Maldivian flight from Male` to Hanimaadhoo.
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post Small point, unlike western toilets, Indian train toilets don't have water in them
How could they, if they have to serve so many cups of chai/coffee to everybody?
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@ Steven_ber: I liked your post!

@ Chahal: Congrats for clicking these pictures which have enlightened all Sorry for posting these pictures on Indian railway forum instead of “Maldivian” forum. Maldivian Civil Aviation Authorities are on their way to reach you for violating strict restrictions on taking pictures on board.
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Originally Posted by manishrvarma View Post @machadinha, Sorry, I am not aware that these photos were posted earlier. Please provide the link, I would like to read the discussion. Thanks in advance !
Enjoy
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Thank you nycank!
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Probably a good job that hot chocolate is less widely available on Indian trains.
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