The Northern Railway is planning to install machines to crush bottles at Ambala and Chandigarh railway stations. According to the rail officials, the facility is aimed at preventing the reuse of water bottles at railways stations. Dinesh Kumar, divisional railway manager, Ambala Division, said: “We are looking for some companies who can collaborate with us for this project. Initially, we are planning to install the machine at Ambala railway station and later it would be extended to Chandigarh railway station.” The passengers can crush the water bottles into the machines. Kumar said: “Those passengers who would crush the water bottles into the machines may also get some rewards. It could be some loyalty points so that the passengers can use the points in recharge or any other facility. We will see how to go about it only after the tie-up with any such company.”
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“There are used bottles on the tracks as well. The move will help us to keep the tracks free of these bottles,” said Kumar, adding that the machines would help the railways to prevent the reuse of water bottles. According to the railways officials, at present no such machines exist in the Ambala division of the Northern Railway. Such machines are, however, installed in other divisions of the railways. The officials said the machines discard thousands of bottles at the stations where they are installed. A senior railway official said the railways had earlier spoken to few companies related to the projects. “We are waiting for some companies to come forward so that we can install these machines. The project could give further boost to the Swachh Bharat Mission in the country,” said an official.