Pune: The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has decided to increase the price of the 300 ml glass water dispensed through water vending machines at Pune junction by one rupee. The decision came after the Railway Board revised the price of drinking water recently.
“IRCTC’s request for revision in sale price of water dispensed through Water Vending Machines (WVM) as prescribed by circular dated June 16, 2016 has been examined in the board’s office. It has now been decided to revise the sale price of 300 ml water,” said PP Lathe, Deputy Director (Tourism and Catering) Railway Board.
Pune Railway Division has installed 14 WVM at major stations in the division. At most kiosks, through the day, there is a person who helps people understand how to operate the machine. At night, however, one has to operate the machine by oneself.
“IRCTC shall work out the amount by which the licence fee may go up on account of above revision and adopt suitable means to adjust the licence fee of existing contracts on this account and take necessary action accordingly,” said Lathe.
An IRCTC official at Pune Junction said, “We have received the circular recently. We have not yet increased the price. We will work as per the circular and decided to increase the price accordingly.”
The Revised prices
- As per the rate card, one litre water is available at Rs 5 (without container), while a glass of half a litre water will cost Rs 3, two litres Rs 8 and 5 litres Rs 20.
- After the decision, a 300 ml glass of water which was Re 1 will now sell at Rs 2.
- Similarly the price with container was Rs 2 and after revision it will sell at Rs 3.
- The IRCTC has decided that selling price of all other quantities of water dispensed through WVM will remain unchanged.