New Delhi, Dec3: The Railway Ministry has instructed Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to despatch one lakh bottles of ‘Rail Neer’ to Chennai, which is currently reeling under devastating floods triggered by cyclones.
“In the first lot, we have dispatched 60,000 one liter bottles of packaged drinking water to mitigate the hardship of the people of Chennai, who are facing one of the worst natural calamities to hit the capital city of Tamil Nadu. The bottles have been handed over to the corporation of Chennai. More such consignments will follow after assessing the requirements” said Dr. A K Manocha, CMD IRCTC.
In September last year, IRCTC, a ‘mini Ratna’ PSU of Indian Railways, had supplied around two lakh bottles of its branded packaged drinking water from its plant at Nangloi in the national capital for the flood-affected people in Kashmir.
Earlier In December last year, IRCTC had sent 350,000 bottles of drinking water to the Maldivian capital of Male where that country’s only desalination plant had caught fire. The packaged water to the Maldives was sent from IRCTC’s Rail Neer plants at Nangloi (Delhi) and Palur (near Chennai).
IRCTC also dispatched Rail Neer to the earth quake victims of Nepal in April 2015.
IRCTC's four Rail Neer plants at Nangloi, Danapur (Bihar), Palur, Ambernath (Maharashtra) and Amethi - have a combined capacity of about 6.8 lakh litres of packaged drinking water a day.
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