Plastic free railway will help artisans, farmers: Angadi

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Panaji: Indian Railway will make all its stations and trains plastic free in phased manner which will help artisans and farmers across the country, Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi said.

He said that the South Western Railway have already began talks with section of potters from Karnataka who will supply clay-made pots for serving tea on the trains, replacing the traditional use of plastic on it.

The union minister was speaking to reporters in Vasco in presence of Union minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik and Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Vinay Tendulkar after flagging off bi-weekly train between Vasco (Goa) to Belgaum (Karnataka).

Angadi said that Indian Railway’s initiative to shift towards plastic free operations will help the farmers and artisans, who will be in demand for their products.

“Right now, we can say, the Indian Railway is 25 per cent plastic free. We want to make it hundred percent for which the attempts have begun from now onwards,” he said.

“The Prime Minister has appealed people on Independence Day to make India Plastic free and we all have to join hand for the cause,” Angadi said.

The minister, however, ruled out complete ban on the carrying or use of plastic on the trains or railway stations. “Having law wont help. The people will have to be aware about it and they should decide to make Railway plastic free,” he said.

Angadi said that the process to make Indian Railways plastic free will start in phases.