- The Pune- Mumbai Deccan express, recently got new branded toilet fittings in its trains
- It was noted that after the re vamping, 99 such fittings have been stolen by either passengers or thieves
- Besides Deccan Express, the Gadag Express also faced such losses
- The loss incurred amounts to approximately Rs 3 lakhs
The Pune- Mumbai Deccan express had receieved new toilet fittings in Marchy. Since then, there have been many thefts of these fittings by either passengers or thieves. The fittings were from well known brands like Jaguar, Hindware and Sera. Since the time they were installed approximately 99 fittings have been stolen out of the total of 240. The fittings included new taps, flush valves and more.
Besides the Deccan Express, The Gadag express has also faced similar problems with theft, with over 70 fittings missing out of 160. This train connects Mumbai to Karnataka.
These had been revamped according to the Project Utkrisht formed by the Maharashtra government. This project aimed at providing passenger friendly amenities, and gave a budget of Rs 60 lakhs per rake.
What refurbishing has been done?
The seats of the trains have been coloured in the characteristic colour for the Project Utkrisht, the toilets have been remade with branded fittings for better flushing with ceramic tiling, the Indian and Western toilets have also been provided with anti skid floor tiling.
How much loss was incurred?
Each toilet fittings cost in the range of Rs 1500 to Rs 2800. A total of Rs 3 lakhs has been lost, which includes the price just for buying the fittings. According to the CR official, Rs 2 lakhs extra has veen lost which was the price of installing the fittings and tiling the place.
The railway officials are trying to find the robbers, but they realise that it will be a very difficult job. The stolen items will also not be replaced anytime soon because of the high costs.