INDIA: Ever on the lookout for opportunities to make money, Indian Railways’ Catering & Tourism Corp has come up with the idea of selling bottled water. It is planning to establish a treatment and bottling plant at Ambernath, at the foot of the Malang Hills in Maharashtra state. Water will come from the Great Indian Peninsular Railway reservoir which fed the GIP’s lineside water tanks during steam days.

IRCTC expects to produce around 500 000 bottles a day. Feasibility studies have been completed, and a tender for construction is to be ‘floated’ shortly.