The ENACTUS team of Panjab University (PU) launched an on-tap potable water filter AMRITAM on Saturday. The PU ENACTUS team is a group of PU students working for upliftment of underprivileged communities.
PU Registrar Col G S Chadha(Retd) launched the filter developed using the latest technology. Faculty Advisor for ENACTUS and Coordinator of PU’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Professor Seema Kapoor, PU Director Public Relations, Vineet Punia, Professor Anupama Sharma, Dr Suman Mor, Sonia Sharma and a team of students, who developed the filter, were also present on the occasion.
PU Registrar Col G S Chadha (Retd.) asked the Enactus team to explore possibilities of providing the filters to the maximum number of people living in the adopted villages by PU, under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. He appreciated the efforts of the team in providing technologically advanced low-cost water filter options for poor people.
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The team of students had been working on the project for the past six months and the filter would be available at very affordable prices, said Seema Kapoor. The team has tried to make it technologically advanced as per the government norms. “The tests have been conducted from government-approved labs and the results have been very encouraging. The cost too is very competitive and Enactus will not be earning any profit out of it,” Kapoor added. The filter effectively reduces certain organic compounds, chlorine, colour and odour causing compounds in drinking water.
At a price of Rs 200, it will act as a boon for the lower income group who can’t afford expensive RO filters. The team has identified two communities i.e. transgenders and rehabilitated female sex workers (FSWs) for the assembling and maintenance of these water filters, Professor Seema Kapoor informed. The Enactus team had earlier launched clay water filters under project “Amal-Vari” on the eve of World Environment Day, which was then implemented in the villages in and around Chandigarh.