20 `water ATMs’ to quench common man’s thirst
Following a directive from chief minister Mamata Banerjee, the National Rural Drinking Water Programme has decided to build 20 `water ATMs’ across the city by end-July . The first such ATM had been inaugurated at Ekdalia Park near Gariahat in south Kolkata during Durga Puja last year.
These coin-operated ATMs -under the state’s `Pran Dhara’ project -will provide a litre of potable water for Rs 2. Public health engineering minister Subrata Mukherjee said the aim was to provide a cheaper alternative to those who cannot afford to pay Rs 18 for a litre of bottled water. “The water ATMs will establish the poor man’s rights to safe drinking water,“ the minister said.
The new ATMs will come up, among other places, at Alipur Court, Kalighat temple, Dakshineswar Temple, the Nakhoda mosque, state hospitals like SSKM, Calcutta Medical College, Jadavpur University and Alia University.
Kolkata might be the first city brought under this scheme, the minister added.
Each ATM will cost Rs 12 lakh to construct and will have an attendant, whose main job will be to help people with the coin operations.
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