Pilots on promoting SHGs, tourism already on in Konkan Railway

Updated - November 17, 2021 02:11 am IST

Published - February 26, 2015 02:39 pm IST - MANGALURU

The Konkan Raiway Corporation, as a pilot project, has aready arranged sale of products of the Konkan range on trains and at stations in the region.

The Konkan Raiway Corporation, as a pilot project, has aready arranged sale of products of the Konkan range on trains and at stations in the region.

Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu, who announced giving boost to regional flavour, Self-help Groups (SHG) and tourism through Railways, has already ensured that a pilot is started on Konkan Railway Corporation’s network.

The Minister had in November last, directed the Corporation to arrange sale of products of Konkan range, namely Kokum Sharbet , Amla Sharbet, Sol Kadhi, Ginger Kokum, Khadkhade Ladu, Dink Laddu, papads etc, on trains and at stations in the region. These products, Mr. Prabhu had said, should be sourced from self help groups of the region. This was followed by inauguration such a facility at Kankavali Railway Station by Mr. Prabhu in January this year.

The SHGs are brought together by Konkan Railway Women’s Cultural & Social Service Association, which has arranged sale of these products through KRCL’s website — www.konkanrailway.com. Mr. Prabhu wants this experiment to be expanded pan-India to promote local SHGs, as revealed in the budget.

Similarly, Mr. Prabhu also talked about Railways promoting tourism activities in the country. On his directions, the KRCL has already commenced training programmes for drivers of autorickshaws and taxis in its jurisdiction. As said by the Minister, these two categories are the brand ambassadors of the region concerned and the Railways want to promote tourism by engaging with drivers. Training programmes were held in Surathkal and Udupi in Karnataka recently.

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