Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday announced that environment-friendly 'kulhads' will replace plastic teacups at all the railway stations in India. The introduction of 'Kulhad', an earthen cup, will be the contribution from our railways to make India plastic-free again, Goyal said.

The minister announced this at an event at the Dhigawara railway station in Alwar district of Rajasthan to inaugurate the newly electrified Dhigawara-Bandikui section under the North Western Railway.

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According to a PTI report, tea is sold in 'kulhad' at around 400 railway stations in the country and this step will be an encouragement to use them at rest of the stations, as well, and not use plastic cups at all.

Kulhads are nature friendly which was used in earlier times when there was no sign of plastic cups. They were frequently used at tea shops, restaurants, railway stations, and several other places.

This step will also provide employment to potters and encourage their small scale business to a great extent.