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Bottled water unsafe in Mangaluru? Daijiworld sting operation exposes mafia


Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru 

Mangaluru, Oct 27: This is shocking news for all those who use packaged mineral water. Daijiworld, in its sting operation, has uncovered a scam where mineral water tanks at the factories are filled with water directly from municipality water taps. Then they are sent in bottles to the market as packaged drinking or mineral water.

The operation also revealed that there is nothing like pure or added minerals in these bottles. During the week-long operation, it also came to light that more than eight unlicensed ‘water purifying plants’ in the city are throwing all norms to winds and are supplying polluted water that affects people’s health in a big way.


Images captured by hidden cameras

To expose the fake water purifying plants and bring awareness among public, a special undercover team from Daijiworld, in the name of clients, visited some unlicensed water purifying plant premises.

During the first day of the sting operation, an owner of a plant declined to deal with the team as the team members were strangers to him.

But subsequent contacts with this owner made him confident to deal with the team, which helped Daijiworld to expose the racket.

Soon after the visit, the water purifying plant owner confessed that he has unlicensed dealers all over the district and runs his business illegally. He said that up to 1,000 bottles of 20 litres having different brand labels with fake ISI mark on them are sold every day.

During the operation, the hidden camera from Daijiworld captured the video of how water from normal taps is filled into bottles. Drivers from different places come to this place with bottles of various prominent brands and get the water filled in these bottles, which is later sold in the markets. One bottle costs Rs 25 and in market it is sold at Rs 70.

The owner revealed that majority of catering companies and hotels are associated with them and they use these bottles.

In order to hide from public and also from government officials, these companies run their illegal business before 6 am in the morning and after 7 pm.

They only sell water to those people who possess authorised ID cards and visiting cards of certain brands.

The place, which Daijiworld team visited, where water was being filled, is in pathetic condition with a lot of muck next to the tap which is completely unhygienic.

In case any customer demands water bottles with any particular brand, they also provide the same.

This has turned out to be a big scam in the city as there are more chances of such illegal businesses coming up during summer. Such scams can bring nightmare to the public from the health point of view.

Due to such scams, problems are being created for those who run legal water purifying business which may create huge losses to them and may also tarnish the image of certain prominent water brands. The health department, district administration and concerned officials should act against such companies for the welfare of the people.

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  • D.Shetty, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 29 2018

    Modiji is responsible for this.....He only tour instead better he visit every corner of india and check what wrong is happening..

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  • bhal kholo, mangalore/kuwait

    Sun, Oct 28 2018

    shame shame poppy shame for all those concerned authorities who are fallen asleep...after taking bribe....curse will be on your way for playing over life and health of public!!!!

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  • PEDDA GUNDOO, MANGALURU

    Sun, Oct 28 2018

    Guys I heard that we have got Labour Department, Health Department and they are drawing salaries on monthly basis and the cost charged to TAX PAYERS fund!

    The question here how these departments are operating and what is their role here ! where are they sitting ! what is their responsibilities towards their bosses common man ! last time one famous bakery production area exposed by one good Samaritan which is right under the nose of so called health department !

    Most of the officers are very old with old age ailments who cant perform efficiently otherwise 70 percent of the restaurant and eateries will close down for hygienic reasons ! Posh Restaurants with lavish entrance and indoor decorations with uniformed staff colorful menus but if you go backyard to the kitchen you can find the reality even the toilets smell stinking ! people with very dirty clothes , preparation areas is very dirty someone cant stay more than one minute

    Corruption is at galore when it coming to the inspection of eateries and grocery. We Indians are adjustable for any situation that exactly those politician cashing it !

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  • Rohan Pinto, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 28 2018

    This business running since many years , So what's our health department doing? Were they sleeping? Health department is solely accountable for this illegal business ,What is the use of having this department ? All these officers suspended and send to their home, We dont need such an inactive department.

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  • Joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 28 2018

    I and for that matter the world felt that Daijiworld were only media people. However here they are doing the work of DETECTIVES. I would say congrats to them and wish them well.

    May they do more detective work in other areas too. Congrats and Good luck to the editor of the media

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  • Cynthia, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 28 2018

    Few days back Mr. Tell the truth gave a beautiful comment regarding how businessmen are going crazy to make money without considering customers'.grievances, their health etc. He said in the comment some business people go to any extent to make money without any hesitation.. This is one of the best example for what he said.

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  • DENZIL FERNANDES, MANGALORE, MANGALORE

    Sun, Oct 28 2018

    GREAT JOB BY DAIJIWORLD TEAM. THERE SHOULD BE MORE SUCH STING OPERATIONS IN EVERY FIELD THAT CONCERNS OUR PEOPLE. BE IT HOTELS, CATERING, FOOD PACKAGING, SCHOOLS, TRANSPORT, HOSPITALS, ETC. ETC. SHOULD BE GIVEN A THREAT BY SUCH EXPOSURE. THEN ONLY MANGALORE WILL BECOME A 'SMART CITY'. THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD HONOUR SUCH MEDIA AGENCIES WHO COME UP WITH SUCH KIND OF OPERATIONS TO EXPOSE THE CULPRITS IN OUR COUNTRY. SUCH STING OPERATIONS CAN BENEFIT THE COMMONER AND SEND THE ROGUE OPERATORS INTO HIDING. EVERY NEWSPAPER AND MEDIA HOUSES SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST ONE EXPOSURE PLANNED IN THEIR MONTHLY REPORTS. CONGRATS TO DAIJIWORLD. DENZIL FERNANDES, MANGALORE.

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  • hindu, Kudla

    Sun, Oct 28 2018

    GOOD JOB - INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM BY DAIJIWORLD

    Waterborne illnesses are a major problem in India and plastics a worldwide hazard

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  • RkR, Mangalore/ Dubai

    Sun, Oct 28 2018

    Good job by the team, MCC and the health department should inspect site rather waste time in office.

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  • Mahathma, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 28 2018

    Who held responsibility on these kind of jumla??? all our state is corrupt since... God only can save us

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  • Kevin, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 28 2018

    There is one filling station near Bejai More supermarket, gurudev Nagar. Bejai church road. They refill at Thier home. Hope someone takes action..

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  • Joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 28 2018

    I for that matter the world felt that Daijiworld were only media people. However here they are doing the work of DETECTIVES. I would say congrats to them and wish them well.

    May they do more detective work in the field of consumables.

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  • VALERIAN RODRIGUES, UJIRE

    Sun, Oct 28 2018

    VERY GOOD ACTION.DEPRTMENTS FAILURE IS MAINLY ENCOURAGES THIS TYPE OF BUSINESS.

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  • Prakash R J D Cunha, Bajpe/Ashoknagar/Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 28 2018

    Really superb and eye 👁 opening report by Daijiworld . I was feeling the same while mixing . We cannot beleave in today’s bottled distilled water . Therefore where ever I go I carry portable bottle for mixing!
    Prakash Radio Jockey DCunha
    Bajpe / Ashoknagar/AbuDhabi

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  • john, mangalore/kuwait

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    I SAW THIS VIDEO THE PLACE IS VERY DIRTY!! PUBLIC TOILETS IN KUWAIT ARE MUCH MORE CLEANER THAN THIS PLACE!!!
    NOW WHAT NEXT? THIS OWNER WILL BRIBE THE AUTHORITIES AND CONTINUE HIS BUSINESS!!!
    PEOPLE OF D.K. ELECT PEOPLE WITH THE HOPE THAT THEY WILL WORK FOR THE WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE..
    BUT THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE ARE GETTING FROM THESE ELECTED PEOPLE...
    NOW AUTHORITIES IF YOU ARE REALLY WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE,
    PUT THIS MINERAL WATER OWNER IN A ROOM,AND MAKE HIM TO DRINK DRAINAGE WATER FOR ONE MONTH...
    THEN HE WILL UNDERSTAND FOR HIS MISTAKE!!!

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  • JAGDISH, mumbai

    Sun, Oct 28 2018

    this business started after may 2018 ?

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  • christine pinto, mangalore

    Mon, Oct 29 2018

    How you know Sir, You are one of them.

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  • Raymond, Bajpe

    Sun, Oct 28 2018

    I think you never visited Maliya , Herafi Ardiya or Jleeb..... those three place and better than that water location which shown by daijiworld

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    Water is water natural gift
    Now a days it's a trend fashion just show up on the table purified RO filtered mineral water.
    20 rs bottle billed in star hotel 30rs.

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  • Francis dsouza, UDUPI

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    It was not now,they were fooling the people year's back we can make out with bottle

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    Bingo,revealed the water mafia.Everywhere only thinking of money making ,nothealth of other people.It is like the water selling to tourists from Jordon river.It was too reveald from a journalist from Germany who wanted to know really they are bringing from Jorden river.No it was only from tapes from backhouse.(atleast one vendor)But belief might move hills they say.So believe in God .Thank you Daiji for revealing the mafia.what does the health dept do inbetween did they atleast come to know about and fined them?or goes on still as before.?

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  • Santosh, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    Thank you Daijiworld.
    Just when I thought genuine investigative journalism was on the decline, you have brought out this piece of petrifying news! Thanks.

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    We boil water before drinking ,in the last 62 years I have not taken any antibiotic, ayurvdic, homeopathic or "natural " medicines. No lab tests in my life.

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  • Cynthia, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    Thank you daiji world for your great work..

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    people should take water from house while travelling instead of buying all fake brands in da market. all started from faku maharaj.

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  • ZFB, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    Good initiative by Daijiworld, please let us know which company drinking waters are filled directly from tap, there might be some genuine company who provide proper purified mineral water and their business might get hit because nobody is clear with what is going on and might totally stop consuming mineral waters.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    Bottle water is not safe in other places too because there is no proper control on this.

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  • Anticorrupt, Mangalore, Kuwait

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    A bold initiative by Daijiworld team. Public has to appreciate the courage. But this will not help public until our government and beuracracy is wiped out. If a media group was so concerned and took this bold step, what was our government doing for years together? Let us simply accept that these guys have earned illegal money they will bribe health authorities and police and also lawyers and judges to get away with minimum fines and our so called civil servaants with take the share of loot and dismiss the case. This is exactly what is happening all over India. Politicians, investigating agencies, judiciary , police departments are in public service only for money. It is sad but true.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    FEKUGIRI has now reached South India ...

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    daijiworld web portal's valuable expose is good 4 da people of d.k. district. hats off 2 daijiworld & its team. will da district & corporation admins wake up from slumber?????????

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  • Francis Saldanha, Bahrain

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    Shame on these people who are playing with general public health…
    Disgusting and one cannot go down to this level to mint money.
    Is not worth it…

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  • MN, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    Salute to those, who boldly carried out the much required sting operation. Such sting operation are need of the hour in current society, where authorities only wake up after news flashes in media. Subsequently the PRAJA are inebriated state due to politics of caste/creed/religion, and no time to watch around.

    Much needs to be unearthed for at least better future of our coming generations.

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  • Cjs, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    Consumer should rely only on Renowned Brand Companies like Bisleri, Aquafina & Kinley and purchase it from their authorised distributors. Consumer should demand these distributors for their letter of appointment. These unlicensed operators operate due to utter failure of BIS, FSSAI and civil authorities.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    Dear CJs.---mangalore . That's the problem in this . Those Fake people sell with fake stickers on the bottle. How to find out it is Original or duplicate? Only authorised layouts must sell . Still it is difficult to find out.

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  • ??????, ?????

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    Even pepsico admitted that aquafina is really just tap water

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  • dilip, mlore

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    WELL DONE DAIJI..!!!!!!politics party only to fight to their seat and specially BJP to make comminal in mangalore if there was no comminal in mlore it could be much forwarded

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    It needs some strong nerves to confront and make a sting operation on these kind of mafia.
    My respects for Daijiworld. You are not like any other media in Karnataka.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    Very good sting operation..
    Illegally earning money by putting others life into risk..
    Government is sleeping anyway from long time 😁

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  • Dominic, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    A good expose on the state of affairs! As usual, the health authorities in the district are all sleeping. No one is pro-active and doing their job of safeguarding citizens health, Now, probably as a knee-jerk reaction to the sting operation, you will see some raids at select locations, there will be a big show of action being taken and then the health authorities will go back to sleep till something new is exposed. This type of illegal and unsafe practices happen all over our country, not only in our district. Safeguarding citizens health by stringent regulations, continous checks, monitoring and penalties is required but sadly in India, it never happens. In other countries, the entire industry or company would be shut down, blacklisted and strong punitive measures taken. Here, they will be back in business after a few weeks or months making a mockery of our weak laws. In our country, good health of citizens does not bring any benefits nor does it matter to the powers that be but the financial health of business houses and corporates should be always be good and bring in profits. That is a fact!

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  • AMAR NATHAL, MANGALORE

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    Are they Congress, BJP, Hindu, Muslim? Because the twist and turns take place according these factors and not on facts and truth. India means just manipulation on religion and political basis.

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  • abu mohammed, KSA Mangaluru

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    YES, that is proved in the footage. (watch 4:24) so there wont be any action against them. where are our EVM MLA and Dollar MP?

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  • Marina D'rozario, Nagori

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    Hats off daiji!!! Good investigation done. 👍👍👍🙏🙏🙏🙏

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    Thanks to Daijworld.
    I knew this may happen one day. Now the Police, Health Department, sales Tax and Income Tax officials, and MCC staff must ride all the big as well as small pitty shopes where business person sell Minaral water. They must ride like Plastic bag sized. They must get information from shops that who is the supplier and ride the Minaral water plant or filling place.

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  • Ajay, Kallianpur

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    Well done Daiji! Thanks from all of us who are affected.

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  • Indian, Kulda

    Sat, Oct 27 2018

    File FIR in the police station which will stop all such nonsense

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