Coca Cola, ITC pitch in to lend meals, drinks for Shramik passengers

Apart from packaged meals and soft drinks, sanitisation kiosks have also been installed at railway stations of the Danapur division, for the convenience of Shramik special passengers.

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Coca Cola sponsored one lakh bottles of soft drinks for Shramik special train passengers passing through various stations of the Danapur division (Photo: Indian Railways's zone)

As migrant workers in India make their way home aboard the Indian Railways’ Shramik Special trains, several corporate majors have stepped in to provide them with meals, drinks, sanitisers and other such requirements.

As the supply chain has been disrupted due to the COVID-19 lockdown, sourcing the packed meals to distribute in trains has become a challenge, especially in places like Bihar. In this regard, railway officials have established a direct connect with corporate giants, and several firms are lending help, under corporate social responsibility.

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On Monday (June 1), the Coca-Cola Company sponsored as many as one lakh bottles of its aerated soft drinks and juices for passengers of the Shramik Specials arriving in or passing through Bihar. The soft drink bottles worth ₹80 were distributed at various railway station of the Danapur division (East Central Railway zone).

Danapur is the first main station after crossing Mughalsarai and serves trains to the Northeast and North Bengal, as well as to many locations in Bihar. So far, Bihar has received 1,482 trains, while 65 trains have gone to the Northeast. Almost all train routes have had stops at Danapur.

Apart from Coca Cola, a FMCG firm ITC  also contributed packaged snacks, biscuits and other such items worth ₹25 lakh, along with water bottles to make ‘ration kits’ for providing the migrants of Shramik trains, especially the ones going to Northeast.

Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) was also roped in to install COVID-19 safe foot pedal-operated hand wash or sanitisation kiosks at the Patna Junction railway station. Four people can utilize the kiosk at once. The water dispensing mechanism was installed to avoid contact at public spaces.

Crompton Greavs also provided 25 industrial-level sprayers for sanitisation purposes, which were utilised on all the major stations of the division. Across the national railkway network, Indian Railways has so far distributed 1.19 crore meals and over 1.5 crore water bottles.

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