The Rail Passenger’s Association has welcomed the Maharashtra government’s plastic ban as it has now demanded that the suburban railways should implement the same.
The association submitted a letter to Union Railway minister, Piyush Goyal, on April 12. The letter stressed on the need to curb garbage thrown on tracks either by rail commuters or by those staying in illegal slums along the rail tracks.
“We have demanded that the food packets and bottled water should be banned from the rail premises,” said Nandkumar Deshmukh, president of the Federation of Suburban Passengers Association.
Currently, the food stalls sell wafers, popcorn and other food items packaged in plastic covers.
“Unless the railways doesn’t ensure that food is not sold in plastic covers on its premises, it will be difficult to control the problem of pollution,” said Madhu Kotian, president of the Mumbai Rail Pravasi Sangh.
“Steps are being taken to reduce the use of plastic at stations by the vendors,” said a senior rail official. Read More
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