In an important move, the Ministry of Railways has decided to place a ban on single use plastic items on railway stations as well as on the trains.
The Ministry of Railways will be banning single use plastics items from its premises with effect from Gandhi Jayanti, which will be on 2nd October 2019.
The Railway Board has also requested the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Development Corporation (IRCTC) to start returning the plastic drinking bottles. They will also be installing 1.853 plastic bottle crushing machines at almost 360 railway stations during the first phase of implementation.
All the General Managers of the respective Zonal Railways and Production Units were asked to encourage all the vendors of the railways to stop using the plastic carry bags.
The employees of the Indian railways were also requested to reduce, reuse and refuse plastic products and go for alternative inexpensive reusable bags so as to reduce the use of plastic.
Earlier, the Indian Railways section was hailed as the major "waste generator" and forced to take necessary steps to follow the Plastic Waste Management rules.
As per the Railway Board Officer, various measures will be taken and implemented in an attempt to minimize the generation of plastic waste and to dispose it in an ecofriendly manner.
As per the rules by the Plastic Waste Management board, the single use plastics should not be less than 50 microns and the thickness of the plastics sheets will impair its functionality. The recent move by the Indian Railways has got a huge appreciation from around all the corners and this step will really reduce the ecological issues that are being caused by the plastics. Indian Railways has one of the largest networks in the world and the ban of plastics can have a great positive result in the long run.