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Rail Neer Plants

Introduction

To enhance passenger amenities, the IRCTC launched Rail Neer, a branded packaged drinking water for the rail commuters. Rail Neer is processed, purified and bottled at state-of-art plants. Completely automatic plant and no manual handling of product water at any stage. IRCTC stands for quality and has a key role in ensuring service and product of the highest quality for the rail passenger as well as visitor to any railway premises. High quality product can only be ensured when production is in-house under full control and supervision of IRCTC.

At present, IRCTC has eleven operational Rail Neer Plants at Nangloi, Danapur, Palur, Ambernath, Amethi, Parassala, Bilaspur, Ahmedabad, Hapur, Bhopal and Nagpur out of which, Rail Neer Plants at Amethi, Parassala, Ahmedabad, Hapur, Bhopal and Nagpur are under PPP mode, further six more plans are being set up under PPP mode with capital support from IRCTC. Cumulative production capacity of above eleven Rail Neer Plants is 11,64,000 bottles per day which will likely be increased to 16,24,000 bottles per day in FY 2019-20 by setting up six more plants.



Operational Rail Neer Plants:

Nangloi (Delhi)

This is the first plant set up by IRCTC in 2003. This is located in West Delhi. The purpose was to supply safe drinking water to important Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains originating from New Delhi and Nizammudin. Plant is provided with solar evaporation pits. This is to avoid RO reject to surrounding land and hence comply with state Pollution control norms.


Establishment:
May 2003
Factory area:
7000 sq mtr
Production Capacity:
102000 bottles/day
Address:
Northern Railway's Wireless Station Area Opp. Nangloi Bus Depot, Nangoli, Delhi-110041,
Danapur (Patna):

This is the second plant set up by IRCTC in 2004. This is located near Patna in Bihar. The purpose was to supply safe drinking water to trains and stations in state of Bihar and Howrah and Sealdah stations in West Bengal.


Establishment:
March 2004
Factory area:
10000 sq mtr
Production Capacity:
102000 bottles/day
Address:
Rail Neer Plant, Loco Colony, South of RPF Barracks Khagaul, Danapur, Patna – 801105 ,Ph- 06115-232557, Fax- 06115-232557
Palur (Chennai):

This is the third plant set up by IRCTC in 2010. This is located near Chennai in Tamil Nadu. The purpose is to supply safe drinking water to trains and stations in state of Tamilnadu and Bangalore in Karnatka.

The plant has been setup on area of 4500 sq mtrs. The building is constructed in such a manner that there is no need of artificial lighting during day time.

The waste water discharge from Water treatment plant has been reduced to 10%. This is achieved by incorporating concepts of Secondary RO in the Water treatment scheme.


Establishment:
July,2010
Factory area:
9000 sq mtr
Production Capacity:
180000 bottles/day
Address:
Rail Neer Plant, Palur Railway Station, Chengalpattu – Kanchipuram Main Road, Palur Village, Chengalpattu Taluk, Kanchipuram District, Pin - 603 101, Ph-044-28363725

Ambernath (Maharashtra)

This is the fourth plant set up by IRCTC in 2014. This is located near Mumbai in Maharashtra. The purpose is to supply safe drinking water to trains and stations in state of Maharashtra.

Establishment:
October, 2014
Factory area:
20,000 sq mtr
Production Capacity:
2,00,000 bottles/day
Address:
GIP Dam, Near Additional MIDC, Post- Anand Nagar, Ambarnath, Distt.- Thane (M.H.)- 421506.
Amethi (Uttar Pradesh)

This is the fifth plant (first plant under PPP) set up by IRCTC in 2015. This is located near Gauriganj in Uttar Pradesh. The purpose is to supply safe drinking water to trains and stations in state of Uttar Pradesh.

Establishment:
March, 2015
Factory area:
8,221 sq mtr
Production Capacity:
72,000 bottles/day
Address:
C-11 & C-12, Industrial Area, Tikaria, Gaurigam, Amethi (U.P.)
Parassalla (Kerala)

This is the Sixth plant (second plant under PPP) set up by IRCTC in 2016. This is located near Parassala in Trivandrum. The purpose is to supply safe drinking water to trains and stations in state of Kerala.

Establishment:
June, 2015
Factory area:
4,000 sq mtr
Production Capacity:
72,000 bottles/day
Address:
Survey No. 561/1, in block No. 50 of Parasalla Village.
Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh)

This is the Seventh plant set up by IRCTC in 2017. This is located near Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh. The purpose is to supply safe drinking water to trains and stations in state of Chhattisgarh.

Establishment:
June, 2017
Factory area:
8,129 sq mtr
Production Capacity:
72,000 bottles/day
Address:
Plot No. 22 & 23, Sec.-B, Sirgitti Industrial Area, Bilaspur, Dist.- Bilaspur (C.G.)-495004
Hapur (Uttar Pradesh)

This is the eighth plant set up by IRCTC in 2019. This is located near Masuri Gulawati Road (NCR) in Uttar Pradesh. The purpose is to supply safe drinking water to trains and stations in state of NCR, Western U.P., Haryana, Uttra Khand, Rajasthan.

Establishment:
April, 2019
Factory area:
6,000 sq mtr
Production Capacity:
1,00000 bottles/day
Address:
I-2, Phase-III, Industrial Area, Massori- Gulawati Road, Hapur (U.P.).
Sanand (Ahmadabad)

This is the Ninth plant set up by IRCTC in 2019. This is located near Sanand in Ahmadabad. The purpose is to supply safe drinking water to trains and stations in state of Gujarat.


Establishment:
April, 2019
Factory area:
5,000 sq mtr
Production Capacity:
72,000 bottles/day
Address:
Plot No. 668, Sanand-II, Industrial Estate, Ahmadabad.
Mandideep (Bhopal)

This is the Tenth plant set up by IRCTC in 2019. This is located near Mandideep in Bhopal. The purpose is to supply safe drinking water to trains and stations in state of Madhya Pradesh.


Establishment:
July, 2019
Factory area:
5,189.6 sq mtr
Production Capacity:
72,000 bottles/day
Address:
Plot no. 01, Warehousing Complex, Industrial Area, Manideep, Phase-II, Dist. Raisen (MP)
Nagpur

This is the Eleventh plant set up by IRCTC in 2019. This is located at Industrial Area Butibori near Nagpur in Maharashtra. The purpose is to supply safe drinking water to trains and stations in state of Maharashtra.


Establishment:
August, 2019
Factory area:
6,000 sq mtr
Production Capacity:
72,000 bottles/day
Address:
Plot No.- 01, Warehousing Complex, Industrial Area, Manideep, Phase-II, Dist. Raisen (MP)


Manufacturing Process

Water drawn from bore wells is stored in an underground reservoir and pumped to the state of the art water treatment plant.

The plant technology employs eight stages purification processes capable of yielding water quality conforming to BIS standard IS 14543-2004.

  • Activated Carbon Filter; Stage 1 & 2 – Stage 1 removes dust, dead microbes, odour/colour and stage 2 is for removing pesticides.
  • Auto Softener Unit (ASF) - Hardness of water is removed by ion exchange.
  • Ultra Filtration Unit (0.001 micron membrane)–Colloidal, suspended particles and pyrogenic species are filtered out through Ultra Filtration membranes.
  • Reverse Osmosis (membrane 0.0001 micron) –All dissolved impurities are removed. Anti scaling agent not used. (All competitors use it to enhances membrane life)
  • Marble chip filter- To boost "pH". Exclusive process adopted by Rail Neer.
  • Two stage Micron Filters (first membrane 1 micron followed by 0.2 micron)- Impurities with size more than 0.2 micron are filtered out.
  • Ultra Violet Sterilizer Unit- UV-light causes change in the genetic material of micro organisms and thus prevents them from reproducing.
  • Ozonising Unit- Water comes in contact with ozone gas for final disinfection from the micro organisms. The nascent oxygen is powerful oxidising agent and kills the microbes.


Automatic Bottle Blowing Machine:

Rail Neer bottles are manufactured with automatic blowing machine (Make –M/s Sidel India Ltd) at plant with high grade resin performs. Preforms are made only with Husky/Kraussmaffei/ASB machine.



Automatic Rinsing Filling & Capping Machine

Bottle blown at blowing machine travels through air conveyer to automatic Rinsing Filling & Capping machine where bottles are rinsed in inverted position by very high pressure jet and water is completely drained out as bottle is inverted then it get filled with the help of nozzle and passed to capper where the same get capped. The temperature of filling area is kept at 20 degree centigrade and this area is completely enclosed and restricted area and no one except filling operator is allowed to enter the area.



Upcoming Rail Neer Plants

Sr. No. Location/Plant Name Total Area(Sq.m.) Production Capacity(Bottles per day) Expected Month of Commissioning
1 Jagi Road (Guwahati) 6720 72,000 October 2019
2 Maneri (Jabalpur) 14500 72,000 October 2019
3 Sankrail (Howrah) 8094 1,00,000 October 2019
4 Bhusawal (MH) 8154 72,000 November 2019
5 Mehatpur, Una (HP) 6500 72,000 December 2019

Rail Neer plants at Danapur, Nangloi, Palur and Ambernath are accredited with ISO: 9001- 2008 quality management system certification. Rail Neer Plant at Ambernath is also accredited with 22000:2015 certification. Rail Neer Packaged Drinking Water has been ranked as top performer by "Consumer Voice" Magazine in 2017.

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