There is huge requirement of packaged Drinking on IR. At present the two regular plants at Nangloi and Danapur are able to cater less than 5% of the demand. The third plant of 15000 cases per day or 1.6 lakh bottles per day operational at Palur( 75 kms from Chennai Central station in Tamil Nadu).This will take care of requirement of PDW in trains originating from Chennai and Banglore.
(a) To meet the demand of PDW in western part of the country or say for Trains originating from Mumbai area stations, a fourth plant has been planned at Ambernath, Maharastra. This is situated near GIP lake in Additional MIDC area located about 70 kms from Mumbai Central station. Key parameters of the proposed plant are:
- Area : 20,000 sq mtrs.
- Estimated Cost: Rs 20 cr.
- Installed Capacity: 17000 cases (Two lakh bottles) per day with provision to upgrade to 25000 cases(Three lakh bottles).
(b) In order to meet further demand of PDW on IR, it is proposed to setup more plants involving private organisations on PPP model. Some of the locations identified are Bhopal/Nagpur, Ahemdabad, Bhubneswar/Cuttack and Hyderabad.
After fructification of all these plants, IRCTC would be able to strengthen its supply logistic at all important Railway Stations, Rajdhani, Shatabadi, Duranto, Garib Rath and other Mail/Express trains across India.
Aim of IRCTC is to be known as No. 1 packaged drinking water bottler for supply on Railway premises.