LUCKNOW || At a time that prime minister Narendra Modi pitched for minimising the sue of plastic for better and sustainable environment, ministries in the union government have begun the process of funding ways to do so. And so as the railways ministry has announced that it would soon shun the use of single-use plastic items, union surface transport minister Nitin Gadkari has also taken a initiative.
In a letter to railways minister Piyush Goyal, Gadkari has strongly batted for the sue of ‘kulhads’ (earthen cups) at all railway stations. In his letter the minister has suggested that at least 100 railway stations across India be short-listed for use of only kulhads. As of now, caterers at Rae Bareli and Varanasi railway stations in Uttar Pradesh use glasses, plates and kulhad’s made of terracotta pottery.
Under the Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana, the government has been distributing electric wheels to potters to increase their productivity. In Varanasi, the Prime Minister’s parliamentary constituency, around 300 such wheels have been distributed with 1,000 more in the pipeline.
In Rae Bareli, the parliamentary constituency of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, 100 have been distributed with 700 more to be given out.