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    Soon, you may enjoy tea served in kulhads across railway stations, airports, malls

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    Currently, caterers at two railway stations, Varanasi and Rae Bareli, use terracotta-made 'kulhads', glasses and plates.

    PTI
    NEW DELHI: Soon, your favourite cup of tea may be served in eco-friendly 'kulhads' across all major railway stations, stalls at bus depots, airports and malls across the country, with Union Transport and MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari writing to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal in this regard.

    Currently, caterers at two railway stations, Varanasi and Rae Bareli, use terracotta-made 'kulhads', glasses and plates.

    "I have written a letter to Piyush Goyal to make use of kulhad mandatory at 100 railway stations and also suggested airports and state transport undertakings having tea stalls at bus depots to make the use of kulhads mandatory. We will also encourage malls to have kulhad tea stalls," Gadkari said.

    The Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSME said the move is expected to provide a huge market for local potters and also help conserve the environment by eliminating the use of paper and plastics to serve beverages.

    Gadkari said he has also instructed the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) to supply equipment for large-scale production of kulhads as their demand increases. "We distributed 10,000 electric wheels to potters for making kulhads last year. This year, we have set a target of distributing 25,000 electric wheels," KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena told PTI.

    Under the Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana, the government has been distributing electric wheels to potters to increase their productivity.

    In 2004, then railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav had introduced 'kulhads' to boost the pottery industry and also give passengers a taste of eco-friendly cups. He had made it clear that hot beverages should be served only in 'kulhads'.
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    27 Comments on this Story

    Anoop Aggarwal402 days ago
    please don''t take India backwards by serving tea in khullads at the airport.
    Som Karamchetty402 days ago
    This is a good idea in principle. The quality and strength of the kulhads should be improved. The supply logistics should make sure that they are sanitary. Once used for drinking hot and cold beverages, their downstream logistics till they are safely disposed should be enhanced. It will be great if they can be reused for some other uses. For example, if they are sufficiently strong, they can be used as seed starters. In any case, in the end, they should be safely disposed of without causing harm to humans or animals and the environment. It makes for an interesting research problem for technical and social institutes.
    Sreenivasa Rao K403 days ago
    When Lalu introduced this scheme, Maneka Gandhi had pointed out that these earthen pots take ages to disintegrate and should not be used at all. These pots will litter the railway stations, being sharp when discarded after use and broken can cause injuries to travelling public. They also will pile up over time like garbage and no one to take care of disposable later. Let the ministry examine all aspects before making them compulsory.
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