Toilet water in tea: Railway takes action on tea vendor

A shocking video of an Indian Railways vendor seeming to add water from a train’s toilet in tea/coffee went viral across social media platforms. The heinous incident was recorded on-board Chennai Central-Hyderabad Charminar Express at Secunderabad railway station in December 2017. After this video went viral the Ministry of Railways has sprung into action and have sent a show case notice to the vendor


The video shows one vendor coming out of a train’s toilet with the steel filter cans of tea/coffee. When a passenger questions him, he refuses that he has been involved in any wrongdoing.

Two other persons seen in the video are unauthorized hawkers.  The Commercial Department of South Central Railway has been carrying on extensive drives against unauthorized hawking at Secunderabad Railway Station in the last few months, during which all the unauthorized hawkers including the two involved in the incident have been removed. The railways said in a statement.

This brings into question the health and hygiene practices on board the train. The railways have fined the vendor with a fine of Rs 1 lakh, but this is one case which has been highlighted, there might be several unseen cases and this could harm people’s health.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra Dr Jayesh Lele, a General Physician states the negative effects on the body after consuming contaminated water. He said, “Using water from the train washroom for preparing tea is a big health issue. This contaminated water can cause a number of health problems, such as stomach ache, vomiting, diarrhoea. While traveling in train if anything happens patients cannot get immediate medical attention.”