School of Management organized an industrial visit at Rail Neer plants, Nangloi, Delhi. This plant supplies water bottles at railway stations across the country. The plant is located near Nangloi metro station at Nangloi, Delhi. Rail Neer is a brand associated under the name of (IRCTC) Indian railway catering and Tourism Corporation. The students of BBA and BBE were taken for the visit and were accompanied by two faculty members.
This is the first plant set up by IRCTC in 2003. 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.
The students were given a presentation on the details adopted by Rail Neer which is under Public-Private Partnership basis. Officer answered queries of students on various things associated with the water plant like set up, choosing a location, logistics and supply chain management, cost structure, quality maintenance, marketing etc. students were enlightened with different aspects of management.
Students understood the entire process of filtering and bottling the water. They were also told that IRCTC has stopped the earlier practice of packing a dozen bottles in one carton. “Now ‘shrink’ packing is being used in its place. It has significantly reduced the use of paper too.
The purposes of IRCTCs Rail Neer plants is to provide packaged drinking water to rail commuters on a daily basis. Rail Neer is processed, purified and bottled at state of art plants across India. The plant located in Nangloi is the first plant of IRCTC for rail water-packaged bottles in India.. The Rail Neer is manufactured as per BIS standard IS: 14543-2004. The plant technology at Rail Neer employs 8-step purification processes which is capable of yielding quality water to their customers at railways as per their BIS standard. The main water source for the plants provided is through the ground water level. The steps involved in the 8 step water purification process are:
Also, the Rail neer water bottles provided by Rail Neer are manufactured in IRCTC plant itself. The bottles are manufactured in the plant using automatic bottle blowing machines with high grade resin pre forms. The ozonizing process helps the water to have a longer shelf life of 5-6 months. To conclude it was a learning enlightening visit which exposed the students to the cumbersome and technical aspect of simple bottled mineral water that we drink every day.