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Big Step Towards Plastic Ban: 3 More Milk ATMs To Be Opened In Berhampur


21 August 2019

OMMCOM NEWS


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Berhampur: In a bid to tackle the issue of plastic milk pouches and bottles, and give an easy and accessible source of nutrition for everyone, District Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange initiated the installation of milk vending machine around a month ago in collaboration with the Greater Ganjam Gajapati Co-operative Milk Producers’ Union and Tata Steel Ltd.

After getting great response from the people using it, the authorities have decided to install three more such milk ATMs for the benefit of common people.

Talking to OMMCOM NEWS, Ganjam Collector Amruta Kulange said, “The main objective was to encourage the milk production, and to check the one time usage of plastic pouches. The main benefit is that people easily procure milk as per their budget, which means they can pay Rs 5 or 10 and get milk of that amount. So we have decided to install three more such milk vending machines at MKCG Hospital, Hinjilicut  and Chhatrapur now.”

Elaborating on its usage, he said, “On an average, the ATM dispenses 250 litres of pasteurised milk daily. The users consist of students, wage labourers and households. The system is run by the milk union, and they keep track of the quality and refill with fresh milk after a certain time period.”

It has turned as a boon to the milk producers also because earlier, the milk was sent outside the district and brought back to sell it, but now it can be sold directly in the milk vending machine.

Kulange further said, “This is an easy source of nutrition and students even use it in place of cold drink as it is chilled.”

Talking about the policy in which the government buys back used plastic pouches and bottles, the district collector said that this way of selling milk is far better than the buying back policy.

 

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Vijay Amruta Kulange, Collector, Ganjam