MUMBAI: Indain Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will set-up its biggest RailNeer Plant in Ambernath near Mumbai. It will be able to produce around 2 lakh bottles of one litre capacity per day.
Railneer is the brand name of the packaged drinking water (PDW) produced by IRCTC, the subsidiary of Indian Railways. Rail Neer is manufactured as per BIS standard IS: 14543. It is supplied in trains and at railway stations.
Pradip Kundu, Joint General Manager, Public Relations, IRCTC said, “Presently there is no plant in Western India. Hence, Railneer is not available in the trains or at stations in this part of the country. To meet the demand of Railneer in western part of country the plant at Ambernath will play a big role.”
At present, IRCTC is able to generate 4.1 Lakhs bottles every day in its 3 plants in different parts of the country.The plant at Ambernath will be built at a cost of Rs 10 crore. The work on installation of machine will start in Oct 2013 and plant is expected to be commissioned by Jan 2014.
Presently, Railneer is supplied to all Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto and important Mail/Express trains originating from Delhi, Kolkata, Patna, Chennai and Bangalore. It is also supplied to the stations in the above areas. A one litre bottle of Railneer is sold at Rs.15
He further said, “At Ambernath the plant will come up 4000 Square meter built up area. Rainwater harvesting will also be done at the plant site to preserve the ground water level. Minimize extraction of water from ground will be ensured here by reducing water rejection. ”
The plant will be based on state-of-the art eight stage water purification technologies. It will have fully automatic bottle blowing, filling and packing line, where there is no human touch with the water or the bottle till the bottle is sealed.
Kundu said, “The plant will meet the requirements of State Pollution Control Board norms.
We will procure machines from reputed manufacturers like ION EXCHANGE for water purification and water treatment, SIDEL for bottle blowing, INGERSOLL RAND for compressor, HILDEN for filling and labeling.”