Tea in kulhads to be served to the passengers at 400 railway stations

Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) will be providing 30,000 electric potter wheels and also grinding machines to recycle/crush the earthenware according to it's chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena.

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Published on: 12 Sep 2019 11:44 AM GMT
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New Delhi: Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) will be providing 30,000 electric potter wheels and also grinding machines to recycle/crush the earthenware according to it's chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena.

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Rail passengers will soon be served tea, snacks and meals in kulhads and other earthenware plates at 400 major stations across the country in deference to the wish of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make India free from single-use plastic.

“We are giving 30,000 potter wheels this year which can be used to produce 2 crore kulhads and other terracotta utensils daily,” he said, adding the process should start within 15 days.

The Ministry of Railways has already directed all Principal Chief Commercial Managers of different Zonal Railways and CMD IRCTC “to further proliferate use of locally-produced environment-savvy terracotta products like kulhad, glasses and plates for serving catering items at 400 railway Stations across Indian Railways”, said Saxena.

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The feedback was reportedly very good and plastic menace had been reducing at both the stations that made the railway minister very happy, he said

The Railways is already using pottery products at Varanasi and Rae Bareilly railway stations in Uttar Pradesh. Consequent to its success at the two stations, MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari had written a letter to his Railways counterpart Piyush Goyal for issuing necessary directives to the concerned officials for adoption of locally-produced pottery products for serving tea, lassi and other food items in earthenware to enhance income of potters.

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Saxena has also urged the railways ministry to conduct an internal survey to get the feedback from Varanasi and Rae Bareilly stations, where the public transporter had adopted terracotta products.

Meanwhile, the Railways has set a target of installing plastic water bottle crushers in 407 of its stations in metros and big cities.

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