Railways plans to ban plastic for catering purposes

PTI New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018

Plastic cups in trains could soon be a thing of the past with the railways planning to move over to agro-based and recycled material for catering purposes.

This step is being taken as part of the railways’ efforts to protect the environment and promote sustainable development.

The country’s largest transporter is also planning to set up an energy management company to harness the potential of wind and solar power.

“Railways remain firmly committed to protecting the environment and promoting sustainable development and use of energy efficient technologies,” Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said while presenting the 2013-14 Railway Budget in the Lok Sabha today.

Besides, the railways would encourage the use of agro-based and recycled paper and “ban use of plastic in catering’’.

Bansal said there are also plans to set up 75-MW windmills besides utilising solar power for 1,000 level crossings. A Railway Energy Management Company (REMC) would be set up to harness wind and solar energy.

Meanwhile, the railways would set up six more Rail Neer bottling plants at Vijayawada, Nagpur, Lalitpur, Bilaspur, Jaipur and Ahmedabad.

Published on February 26, 2013

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