Monday , September 25 2017

Rail station to be plastic-free in Andhra Pradesh

To make the station plastic-free, the process has begun with canteens and vendors being asked not to use plastic containers that are non-biodegradable, violating of which would draw the penalties.

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Birds feast on the leftover plastic garbage on the tracks of Visakhapatnam railway station on Thursday.

Pulverisers to be set up at the station to stop the reuse of uncrushed water bottles.

Visakhapatnam: The railway passengers no need to be surprised if they were prevented from taking a non-bio-degradable polythene carry bags, disposable plastic cups and the plates inside the city railway station as the Waltair the railway division is gearing up to make the station plastic free zone.

“To make the station plastic free, the process has begun with canteens and vendors being asked not to use plastic containers that are non-biodegradable, violating of which would draw the penalties. Passengers, however, will not be fined now, they are being discouraged to take plastic inside the station as the ban could not be imposed at one go,” said the railway official from the Waltair Railway Division.

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Plastic waste has turned out to become a matter of concern for cleanliness and for the safety. The Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), after conducting a survey of major railway stations for cleanliness ranking with an objective of measuring passenger satisfaction on station premises, had suggested that ban on a polythene carry bags, plastic cups and plates may be imposed inside the station premises.

During a ground reality check, cleanliness on the station premises and the tracks were found to have been properly maintained. Though, some plastic water bottles were spotted littered on the track.

Additionally, as uncrushed drinking water bottles are leaving a scope for reuse, the railway’s authorities are planning to install potable drinking water bottle pulverizer machines at the railway stations to stop a misuse and to check plastic waste generation. A rag-picker at the station said he has collected the plastic wastes and sold them at Rs. 10 per kg.

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