BR suspends selling ‘Rail Pani’

প্রকাশিত: 8:47 PM, October 12, 2020

BR suspends selling ‘Rail Pani’

Amdadul Haque:

Bangladesh Railway (BR) has suspended selling of its own brand of bottled drinking water ‘Rail Pani’ following media reports regardingpublic safety andquality.


The authorities will re-market the water after obtaining testing certificate from Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) and the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).


According to a press release by the Ministry of Railways on Sunday, described the report on the quality of ‘Rail Pani’ as purpose-oriented.


It has been said that Bangladesh Railways has recently made an agreement with Shyamoli Food and Beverage Pvt. Ltd through an open tender for the introduction of its own brand of bottled water ‘Rail Pani’. Some media outlets have published fabricated and motivated reports on the subject without checking out the correct information.


According to the Ministry of Railways, the most popular in the market is ‘Shyamli Drinking Water’ prepared by Shyamoli Food and Beverage Pvt. Ltd, bottled water certified by BSTI and BUET. The same water prepared in the same factory has just been re-branded as ‘Rail Pani’ instead of ‘Shyamoli’.


The Railways has made it compulsory to sell ‘Rail Pani’ in commercial licensed shops in the areas of Bangladesh Railway. According to the agreement, the sale of ‘Rail Pani’ has already started selling in the railway platforms and trains.


But it has been alleged that this drinking water of ‘Rail Pani’ is unsuitable and unsafe for drinking. Railway passengers complained that the water smelled bad and had no taste.


Thousands of passengers travel by train daily has no choice but to drink the smelly and sour water. The result is of course sufferings of the passengers falling sick with water-borne diseases. Indeed many passengers complained of falling sick after consuming this water.


After receiving such complaints from the passengers, the railway authorities have initially decided to stop selling this water. The Railways sent samples to BSTI and BUET for quality testing of this water. The railway authorities have decided to stop selling this water till the results of the sample test come out.