After residents of Savdha Ghera, a resettlement colony in Southwest Delhi, residents of slums in areas under the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) will soon get access to water-dispensing machines — similar to ATMs. The civic agency also plans to install the water-dispensing machines in Sarojini Nagar.
An official said the public-private partnership project was aimed at providing safe drinking water at slums and public places in NDMC areas. People in at least five slums and Sarojini Nagar residents would be able to draw water from such machines after the installation of a water-purification plant and water-dispensing units at these locations, the official said.
For the project, the NDMC will provide a 250-300 sqft plot in the slum areas while at Sarojini Nagar, a 30-40 sqft plot will be provided to private companies, which will install the machines. The agency on Wednesday invited tenders from private companies for the scheme.
The pay-and-use machines will cater to low-income communities, the official said.
The NDMC has asked the private companies to enure that the water-dispensing units have an aesthetic appeal, in-built monitoring systems and capability to meter the volume of water sold daily.
The NDMC plans to give the private firms access to raw water, while the companies will provide the purification technology, so that the water dispensed by the machines meets the required standard.
The NDMC has stipulated that the companies submit weekly data with details of quantity of water filtered and operating hours to the agency. Moreover, the council has also asked the companies to set up a toll-free helpline number, where consumers can lodge complaints.
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