According to a report, drinking water supplied by the railways on platforms and staff quarters in Northern India in contaminated with bacteria found in human excreta.
The report by a leading daily further added that this bacteria could cause stomach aches and loose motions. As per the Bureau of India Standards presence of thermotolerant coliform bacteria (TCB) is a sign of contamination and it can cause diarrhoea, dysentery and tummy cramps.
Though people get recovered from diseases within a week but in children, elderly people or people with weak immune system this water can cause life threatening diseases.
Notably the reason behind this contamination is that only half of the chlorination plants in North Zone are working and rest are operating without chlorination.