Jaipur: Eco-friendly kulhads will replace plastic cups at all railway stations, union railway minister announced on Sunday.
Speaking at an event in Alwar district of Rajasthan, he said no work was undertaken on development of Railways in Rajasthan during the Congress rule.
Goyal was speaking at the inauguration of the newly electrified railway line between Digwada and Bandikui on the Delhi—Jaipur route. Goyal flagged-off the first electric engine drawn freight train on the Digwada-Bandikui section.
Goyal said in the last six years, the central government has taken unprecedented steps to improve railway infrastructure and passenger amenities.
He said prime minister Narendra Modi’s government is continually taking steps towards a cleaner, greener India and electrification of railway lines is a step towards that. After 2014, 1433 km railway lines have been electrified.
Goyal also said that tea is currently served in kulhads at 400 railway stations and the Railways plans to sell tea only in kulhads at all railway stations.
“This will be the contribution of the Railways towards a plastic-free India,” he said adding that use of kulhads would provide jobs to lakhs of people.
Goyal said between 2009 and 2014 (when Congress was in power in Rajasthan) no work on electrification of railway lines or development of Railways was undertaken in Rajasthan.
He said between 2009 and 2014, Rs682 crore worth of investment was done in Rajasthan by the Railways whereas between 2014 and 2020, Rs2800 crore has been invested.