With an aim to conserve the environment and to minimise the usage of plastic bottles, the civic body has decided to set up water ATM’s at 20 different locations in the city by this month. The water ATM’s would help curbing usage of 26,000 kilograms of plastic bottles used in Chandigarh per year.
A committee constituted for setting up of the ATMs has finalised the tender process and the work would begin soon.
As per the proposal of the company, the ATMs would be stationed on e-rickshaws. “The project will help curb 1,200 kg of plastic bottles per machine /per annum which comes to almost 26,000 kg of plastic waste per year,” said a senior official.
Once installed, residents will be able to fetch 250 ml of water for Rs 2 and a litre for Rs 5. The prices are significantly lower compared to a bottled water which costs Rs 20.
A water vending machine with in-built RD water purifier and chiller and AC/grid would be put up at the e-rickshaws. Provision for exchanging rupee with a coin would also be available there. Not just this, the glasses would be recyclable eco-friendly paper glasses. The entire set up would have a GPS, CCTV cameras and a mobile application controlling system.
After slipping a coin, residents can place the glass and the automated machine will accordingly fill water in the same, as per the amount paid by them. There will also be display screens. If any impurity is found inside the water or the temperatures goes above 20 degrees, the machine will automatically stop dispensing water. Residents will be allowed to make payments using cards and an application.
As per the project, as many as 20 machines would be set up to provide water to 25,000 people daily which is almost 6 million people per year. As part of Smart Drinking system in Chandigarh, these automated water vending machines (e-water ATMs) would be installed at Sukhna Lake, Sector 17 plaza, Rock Garden, Sector 11 near PGI, Panjab University and at various bus stops apart from crowded areas.