Kannur: The food from unhygienic conditions served in trains is once again making headlines. Few pics of food suppliers in train revealed that the tea container is placed near toilet and trays of snacks like vada is kept under the seat uncovered.
Train passengers are forced to purchase this unhygienic food by making payments. These disgusting scenes were captured from Train No: 16860 Mangalore-Chennai Egmore express.
The train departed from Mangalore at 6.50 in the morning. When the train reached Kannur, the catering supplier was seen sleeping on a berth in S1 coach. The tray of vada was kept under the seat without covering it. It contained over 200 vadas.
“The supplier who was speaking in Hindi said that the Vada was not for sale. But later he shifted all Vada to another supplier’s tray without wearing gloves. He took the tea container kept near the toilet," said a passenger named Sathyapalan from Cheruvathoor.
Some angry passengers questioned them but they managed to flee from the coach. When passengers who travel with season ticket followed them, these suppliers were found selling vada and tea in AC coach.
The passengers complained that though they informed the matter to railway officials, no action was taken against the suppliers.
Railway has decided to appoint 300 health inspectors to check safety of food served in trains and railway station platforms. With this decision, the authority planned to prepare a data bank by collecting food sample and details of catering owner and suppliers.
Food safety department official in each division will be in charge of this mission. The decision was taken in the meeting of food safety officials headed by Railway board chairman Ashwani Lohani.
But none of the officials intervened in the issue even after passengers came forward with a complaint.