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All railway units to enforce ban on single-use plastic material from Oct 2

All vendors and staff across Indian Railways are to be encouraged to use reusable bags to reduce plastic footprint

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Railways has already asked steel ministry and SAIL to shift to higher-grade rail in two years
Railways also appealed to its staff to reduce, reuse and refuse plastic products and to use inexpensive reusable bags to reduce plastic footprint

Taking a cue from Prime Minister Narendra Modi who appealed to the nation to shun single-use during his Independence Day speech, has decided to stop its use across the network, a statement from the national transporter said Wednesday.

All vendors and staff across Indian are to be encouraged to use reusable bags to reduce footprint. A pledge will be administered to cut use of plastics on October 2, the statement said.

"Ministry of has directed all Railway units to enforce ban on single-use material, with less than 50 micron thickness, from October 2, 2019. Emphasis is on making necessary arrangements to minimize generation of plastic waste and its eco- friendly disposal," it said.

It also appealed to its staff to reduce, reuse and refuse plastic products and to use inexpensive reusable bags to reduce plastic footprint.

"IRCTC to implement return of plastic drinking water bottles as part of extended producer responsibility," it said, adding that plastic bottle crushing machines will be provided expeditiously.

First Published: Wed, August 21 2019. 19:02 IST