Central Railway will sell handicrafts, textiles, handloom products, food items made by artisans and tribes at 15 stations

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At least 15 stations on Central Railway will sell handicrafts, textiles, hand-woven goods and food items made by artisans and tribes inside the stations. Some CR identified stations are Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), Byculla, Parel and Dadar among others where these items are to be sold to rail passengers. This is the first activity of its kind to be carried out on commuter rail where artisans will interact directly with their customers on one of the largest open platforms available to them.

According to senior Central Railway officials, they have shortlisted 15 stations which also include Sion, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Bhandup, Mulund, Thane, Kalyan, Ambernath, Badlapur, Lonavala, Igatpuri and Panvel in addition to those mentioned above. These stations are part of the “One Station, One Product” concept of Indian Railways where the railway premises will be open to craftsmen, people with specialized skills, craftsmen, hand weavers, potters and tribals who hold valid government-issued identity cards registered with self-help groups and micro-enterprises.

“The idea is that these craftsmen with skills can sell their products and produce in stations that will have space to settle,” said a senior railway official. Designated seats for promotion and sale at these stations will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, which will be decided by the first week of May.

Some of the products that will be available for sale are leather products, handicraft jewelry, textile products, hand weaving items, bamboo and decorative items, jute bags, stone art products and paper, chikki, fudge, seasonal fruits and processed foods. Each station has been assigned with individual products that will be sold. The CR authorities have also extended this to other stations in Kolhapur, Burhanpur, Solapur and Nagpur which is a push for Atmanirbhar Bharat and Vocal for local government initiatives.

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Posted: Thursday April 28th 2022, 7:51 PM IST

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