SOON, put a coin and get a glass of chilled, clean water in Chandigarh. This summer, residents need not purchase expensive water bottles from the market as E-water ATMs will be installed by the Municipal Corporation that would provide pure water. The water ATMs would be installed at 22 popular locations in the city in the first phase.
A glass of water will be available for Rs 2 while one litre would be available for Rs 5. A water vending machine with in-built RD water purifier and chiller and AC/grid would be put up at a battery-operated vehicle. Provision for exchanging Rupee with a coin would also be available there. Not just this, the glasses would be recyclable eco-friendly paper glasses. A GPS would also be installed in the machine.
As part of Smart Public Drinking system in Chandigarh, these Automated Mobile Water Vending Machines (E-Water ATMs) would be put up at Sukhna Lake, Sector 17 plaza, Rock Garden, Sector 11, near PGI, Panjab University, bus stand, Sector 43 and Sector 17, various bus stops, apart from other crowded areas.
After slipping a coin, residents can place the glass and the automated machine will accordingly fill water in the same, as per the amount of money given by the resident. There will display screens. If any impurity enters the water or the temperatures goes above 20 degrees, the machine will automatically stop dispensing water. Multiple modes of payment would also be allowed using cards and an application.
Taking the concept from Delhi, this decision was Thursday taken after a finance and contract committee meeting.
“ Usually when people feel thirsty, they have to buy bottled water from the market, which does not cost less than Rs 20. Also, then they need to carry the bottle with them. So for the convenience of people, we are getting water ATMs in the city so that they may drink as per their requirement,” said Mayor Arun Sood.
Not just this, the water ATMs would earn revenue to the Municipal Corporation as well. “Since people will get water according to the amount of money they put in the machine, this will earn revenue to the MC also,” added another official.
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One company has given presentation for the water ATMs but the finance and contract committee meeting has decided to call Expression of Interest for it on the basis of Swiss challenge model. The company that has a better proposal than this company can apply with the MC.
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