Pune: Indian Railways on Saturday started taking concrete steps to implement the State government’s ban on plastic and thermocol items at catering and other food outlets at all stations and premises within its jurisdiction across the State.
The Pune division of Central Railway instructed all stalls owners and restaurants to ensure that plastic items are not used.
As per the notification, the ban is being implemented across the State on manufacture, usage, transport, distribution, wholesale and retail sale and storage, import of plastic bags with handle and without handle and disposable products manufactured from plastic and thermocol (polystyrene) such as single-use disposable dishes, cups, plates, glasses, forks, bowls, containers, disposable dishes/ bowls used for packaging food in hotels, spoons, straws, non-woven polypropylene bags, cups/ pouches to store liquid, packaging with plastic to wrap or store products, packaging of food items and food grain material etc.
Plastic packaging material for certain categories such as medicines etc is exempted from this ban in accordance with the State government’s notification.
As a result, the Pune Railway Division has issued a circular to all stalls, especially food outlets, to not use plastic material/banned items in any form for serving/packing.
“We have instructed all stalls not to use any plastic items and also not sell food items wrapped in banned items. Our officials have taken it very seriously and started inspection regarding this issue. We are taking more steps towards making the railways environment-friendly by implementing the ban on plastic and thermocol items,” said Manoj Jhawar, spokesperson of the Pune Railway Division.
“IRCTC also plans to install plastic bottle crushers at some stations to dispose of plastic bottles, paper cups, plates and other disposable items. Central Railway appeals to its passengers to co-operate in the effective implementation of this ban and take positive steps towards making railways environment-friendly,” said Sunil Udasi, Chief Public Relation Officer of the Central Railway.