Rail­ways to pay peo­ple for us­ing its plas­tic bot­tle crush­ers at stns

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation -

New Delhi: The rail­ways will add money to your mo­bile phone wal­let if you use plas­tic bot­tle crush­ing ma­chines in­stalled at sta­tions as part of ef­forts to pro­mote PM Modi’s ini­tia­tive of junk­ing sin­gleuse plas­tic. In his In­de­pen­dence Day speech, Modi had ap­pealed to the na­tion to elim­i­nate sin­gle-use plas­tic and find al­ter­na­tives to plas­tic wa­ter bot­tles on a pri­or­ity ba­sis.

The rail­ways has is­sued di­rec­tions that from Oc­to­ber 2, the birth an­niver­sary of Ma­hatma Gandhi, no sin­gle-use plas­tic will be used in its premises. Rail­way board chair­man VK Ya­dav has said the rail­ways will in­stall 400 bot­tle crush­ing ma­chines at sta­tions. A pas­sen­ger want­ing to use them will have to key in his phone num­ber into the ma­chine and his phone will be recharged.

Cur­rently, 160 bot­tle crush­ing ma­chines are avail­able at 128 sta­tions, he said. He also said that in­struc­tions have been given to rail­way staff to col­lect all the used plas­tic bot­tles at rail­way sta­tions and send them for re­cy­cling.

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