In a signficant move towards a make India plastic-free, Railway minister Piyush Goyal said on Sunday that tea will now be sold in environment-friendly ‘Kulhads’ (earthen cups) in place of plastic cups at all railway stations across India.

Speaking at an event organised at the Digawara railway station in Rajasthan’s Alwar district, Piyush Goyal said the initiative will be the contribution of the Railways towards a plastic-free India.

“Tea is given in ‘Kulhads’ at nearly 400 railway stations in the country today, and in future, it is our planning that tea will be sold only in ‘Kulhads’ at all the railway stations in the country. This will be the contribution of the Railways towards a plastic-free India,” PTI quoted Piyush Goyal as saying at an event to mark the inauguration of the newly electrified Dhigawara-Bandikui section under north-western Railways.

Piyush Goyal further said that before addressing this gathering, he was having tea in a ‘Kulhad’ and the taste was really different. ‘Kulhad’ saves the environment and lakhs of people get employment from it, he said.

Goyal said before the Narendra Modi government came to power in 2014, the railway sector was ignored in Rajasthan as electrification had not been taken up in the last 30 years after the electrification of Delhi-Mumbai route.

The investment by Railways and infrastructure development projects in Rajasthan have increased multiple times between 2014-2020 as compared to that between 2009-2014, Piyush Goyal said.

Piyush Goyal said that 65 underpasses were constructed from 2009-14 while 378 underpasses have been constructed from 2014- September 2020.

He said only four overbridges were constructed in five years till 2014 whereas 30 such bridges have been constructed from 2014 to September 2020.

Piyush Goyal also said that electrification of railway lines across the country will save the environment as engines will run on electricity produced in the country, saving fuel, money and time. Also, the speed of trains will also be increased, he said.

“This will also help farmers who will be able to take their crops to any part of the country (through rail freight transport) in less time,” he said.

Piyush Goyall said PM Modi is very concerned about the environment and therefore emphasis is being given on electrification.

Flagging off the first train on the newly electrified 34 km-long Dhigawara-Bandikui rail section, Piyush Goyal said that after the entire line from Rewari to Ajmer has now been electrified with the electrification of this stretch.

Dausa MP Jaskaur Meena, GM-NWR Anand Prakash and other public representatives and railway officials were present in the function.

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