India's railway system, the country's lifeblood, is grappling with an unexpected challenge: a spate of thefts involving plumbing fixtures in public and staff toilets. In the last three days, a series of thefts involving faucets, jet showers, faucets and taps have occurred on the railways, with a total loss of Rs 1.22 lakh.
First thefts in walk-in toilets
The first wave of thefts occurred in the operating room toilets, an area intended for train drivers and guards to rest and recover. The thieves took important fixtures such as stopcocks, stopcocks and spray nozzles from these areas. The thefts did not differentiate between men's and women's toilets. Subsequent thefts were reported at both types of restrooms.
More items stolen
In the course of the thefts, other items such as bottle traps and toilet seat covers also disappeared. These systematic thefts have not only crippled basic services at stations, but have also caused a significant financial burden on the railways' already strained resources.
Official steps to fix the issue
In response to the thefts, the railways have filed an official complaint with the police and increased surveillance of public facilities. The Head of Public Relations of Central Railway, Dr. Swapnil Nila, confirmed the incidents and stressed the seriousness with which the Railways is addressing this issue. An FIR has been lodged with the state railway police and the authorities are determined to bring the culprits to justice.
The issue of these thefts was also highlighted on social media by vigilante account Mumbai Matterz, which alerted the Railways to the systematic theft of fittings in a state-of-the-art toilet at CSMT. This highlighted the scale of the problem and prompted the railway authorities to take a more decisive response.
As the investigation progresses, the railways hope to find a solution to this problem, ensuring the comfort and convenience of both their employees and the millions of passengers who use their services every day.