In the major development in India, Tea will be sold in environment-friendly ‘kulhads’ (earthen cups) in place of plastic cups at all railway stations in the country, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said on Sunday. The North Western Railway zone has directed its officers to implement measures for ensuring the use of green catering products at Indian Railways stations.

Thus, now 25 more railway stations would be serving tea and other food items in eco-friendly Kulhads and plates/bowls, according to a PTI report. These stations are Bikaner, Sirsa, Shri Ganganagar, Hisar, Churu, Suratgarh, Jodhpur, Bhiwani, Hanumangarh, Pali, Ajmer, Udaipur, Barmer, Nagpur, Luni, Jaipur, Jhunjhuna, Jaisalmer, Bhagat Ki Kothi, Dausa, Gandhi Nagar, Durgapura, Sikar, Sirohi Road, and Abu Road stations.

The minister said before addressing this gathering, he was having tea in a ‘Kulhad’ and the taste was different. ‘Kulhad’ saves the environment and lakhs of people get employment from it, he said.
The minister was speaking at an event to mark the inauguration of the newly electrified Dhigawara-Bandikui section under north-western Railways.

The minister said before the Narendra Modi government came to power in 2014, the railway sector was ignored in Rajasthan as electrification had not been taken up in the last 30 years after the electrification of Delhi-Mumbai route. He said the investment by Railways and infrastructure development projects in Rajasthan has increased multiple times between 2014-2020 as compared to that between 2009-2014. Also, the speed of trains will be increased, he said. “This will also help farmers who will be able to take their crops to any part of the country (through rail freight transport) in less time,” he added. Goyal said the prime minister is very concerned about the environment and therefore emphasis is being given on electrification.