NEW DELHI: Public spitting remains a major nuisance despite more stringent provisions introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic, a pocket-sized reusable and biodegradable spittoon with seeds that will grow into plants when it is disposed of. Going by, this is the latest green innovation the railways has put under pressure to tackle the menace.
It is estimated that the Indian Railways spends around Rs 1,200 crore annually and a lot of water to clean the stains and marks caused by spitting on its premises, especially by betel and tobacco users.
To prevent passengers from spitting in the railway premises, vending machines or kiosks are being installed at 42 stations, which offer spittoon pouches ranging from Rs 5 to Rs 10.
Three railway zones – Western, Northern and Central – have awarded a contract to a startup EzySpit for this.
These spittoons are easily carried in the pocket and enable the passengers to spit whenever and wherever they want while leaving the railway premises without any stains.
The product features macromolecule pulp technology and is equipped with a material that locks in bacteria and viruses present in saliva, according to its manufacturer.
These biodegradable pouches, which come in various sizes and are reusable 15 to 20 times, contain seeds as well as a material that absorbs the sputum and turns them into solids.
Once used, these sachets stimulate plant growth when thrown into the soil or soil.
The Nagpur based company has started installing EzySpit vending machines at stations.
He has also tied up with Nagpur Municipal Corporation and Aurangabad Municipal Corporation.
Spittoons are available in three varieties?? Pocket pouches (10 to 15 times reusable), mobile containers (20,30,40 times reusable) and spit cans.
This is a win-win deal for both the railways and the passengers.
We have awarded this contract under the non-rental revenue scheme and at the same time we are also encouraging innovation.
A railway official said, “It is the passengers, especially the elderly, who will benefit immensely from this. Above all, this innovation also discourages people from spitting in the railway premises which in itself is a huge advantage for us.”
At present, spitting in railway premises can attract a fine of up to Rs 500.
Ritu Malhotra, co-founder of EasySpit, said that the product campaign has been created with the idea of growing plants from the waste of human spit.
“We have signed a contract with Indian Railways for 42 railway stations. Central, Northern and Western Railways. We have also started installing EasySpit vending machines at some stations,” he said.
Each container has a limit on the amount of time someone can spit into it.
It is 10 to 20 times in a sachet, 30 to 50 times in a glass, and more in large trash cans.
Once the volume is achieved, the granulator in the box or sachet absorbs the sputum and turns it into a solid material.
“And you can throw that material anywhere because it’s biodegradable. Plus, if you throw it in soil or soil it helps plants grow because the granular also contains seeds. No one on the ground.” One can empty the box/pouch anywhere and the seeds in the box will grow into plants. Nagpur has already taken the product. We are in a contract with Indian Railways for a year and hope it will grow,” said Malhotra. Said.