Chandigarh: ATM vans for residents to avail water at cheap rates

The e-water ATM vans would have an automatic mobile chilled water dispensing machine, which is fixed on an e-cart.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:September 21, 2016 5:55 am
UT Administrator V P Singh Badnore flags off e-water ATM vans on Tuesday. (Express Photo) UT Administrator V P Singh Badnore flags off e-water ATM vans on Tuesday. (Express Photo)

City residents can now avail pure water from e-water ATM vans at nominal rates. UT Administrator V P Singh Badnore flagged off e-water ATM vans at Punjab Raj Bhawan on Tuesday. The pilot project would first begin at seven major locations. In the first phase, 22 machines have been deployed.

The e-water ATM vans would have an automatic mobile chilled water dispensing machine, which is fixed on an e-cart. The system is equipped with GPS, CCTVs with a toll free number. The residents can take water in bio-degradable paper glasses from the ATM vans at nominal rates. While 250 ml of water would be available for Rs 2, 1 litre of water would cost Rs 5.

Bus stand sectors 17 and 43, CTU bus stop railway station, Housing Board Manimajara, IT Park, Krishna Market Sector 41 C, Mansa Devi Bus Stand, Palika Bazar Sector 19, PGI sec 14, Rock Garden, Rose Garden, Sector 15 Market, Sector 17 Plaza, Sector 19 Sardar Bazar, Sector 22, Sec 34, Piccadilly Chowk, Sector 35 Market and Sukhna Lake are few of the locations where the water ATM vans would be stationed.

“The model is based on a simple fundamental principal of having access to pure and affordable water at the dense crowded places. It is a model through which water can be served in a complete automated system monitoring all the safety standards of drinking water without using plastic as a support system,” said Badnore.

The system operates on multiple payment options like coins, cards or mobile app for user convenience. Municipal commissioner Baldeo Purushartha said Chandigarh will become the first city to adopt the smart water system.

“It will serve pure water to almost 25,000 people daily, which is almost 60,00,000 people per year. Every unit is equipped with display LED to exhibit real time TDS Value (Total Dissolved Solids), which is an indicator of drinking water purity, as per WHO,” said Purushartha.