Indian Railways is the first government agency to take a strong step against the use of plastic that has harzardous impact on the environment. The national carrier has decided to ban the usage of single-use plastic material from October 2.
As part of this move, the Railways Board has directed Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), the catering arm of Indian Railways to ensure that pantry staff collect empty drinking water bottles from passengers and coaches for their safe disposal.
According to a report in a leading daily, the railway board issued a circular issued on Monday in which it said that IRCTC will collect used bottles as a part of “extended producer responsibility”. All zones have been directed to strictly enforce the ban on single-use plastic and encourage all vendors to avoid use of plastic carry bags, the circular reads.
The national carrier has also asked IRCTC to provide plastic bottle crushing machines at all major stations expeditiously.
According to the daily, Railway board chairman V K Yadav has even sent a personal message to all the general managers and divisional railway managers (DRMs) appealing all officers to take up the task on a mission mode. “GMs/ DRMs/ all officials of IR are requested to launch a drive for strictly enforcing ban on use of single-use plastic on railway premises…,” the daily quoted Yadav as saying.