Chai par Charcha at this office has a different flavour and aroma.
The employees here are gushing about the health benefits of consuming the tea grown at their office.
Driven by the desire to promote good health amongst its staff, post-Covid, the Technology Development Board office in Delhi has made an impressive start with its own tea garden.
Drinking the hot cuppa full of health benefits throughout the day, has all employees develop taste buds for this herbal tea.
From Tulsi, lemon grass and several aromatic herbs, the tea garden developed by the TDB has its visitors very happy for the delicious , fresh flavours being served here. These herbs have great medicinal value that are boosting immunity in the tea lovers here. The concoctions served here, are not only improving the physical health but are aiding the employees in their stress busting and mental health.
The onus of this unique initiative goes to the head of the the Technology Development Board, Mrs Smrita Tripathi. An Under Secretary who is also a retd Navy officer, Ms Tripathi said “ the aim to start this green garden was togive a healthy alternative to our employees for sipping something healthy. Also, the pollution levels in Delhi need a safety shield against the hazards of harmful gasses. So we thought of planting nourishing herbs to support our staff health”.
Prof. Ritu, from IIT Delhi who recently visited the TDB office at MG Road said “ I am a desi chai-fan but this tea is very refreshing. Really liked it”. Dr Sonam, who accompanied her from IIT Delhi also had a big smile on her face post sipping the tea with herbs picked from the office tea garden.
With over 70 cups made and served daily, the office canteen has till now served over 10,000 cups of fresh herbal tea so far. The bell is always ringing to get the freshest tea from the garden.
Growing your own tea and sipping it too, promotes sustainability in tea consumption as it reduces the carbon footprint of growing and transporting, packaging teas.
Herbal tea market is growing by leaps and bounds in India. “Growing the medicinal plants to make these teas is an initiative that is good not just for personal health but also contributes to the green cover. This has several other benefits of improving air quality and keeping the surroundings cooler”, says Dr. Tripti Johri, Project Coordinator, TDB.
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