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Mayor takes first step: Offers half-a-glass of water to visitors

Leading from front is Mayor Prashant Jagtap, who is setting an example by offering drinking water that is half-filled to guests at his workplace

Written by Ajay Khape | Pune | Published: April 4, 2016 12:19:34 am

AT A time when Pune city is reeling under water crisis, top officials of the civic body is ensuring that there is massive awareness on water conservation and residents cooperate and ensure there is no wastage of water.

Leading from front is Mayor Prashant Jagtap, who is setting an example by offering drinking water that is half-filled to guests at his workplace. Jagtap has asked civic officials not to waste a single drop and follow this practice in offices.

“There is water scarcity across Maharashtra and the city is also facing shortage. In this situation, it is necessary that we ensure that wastage of water does not take place,” the mayor said.

In the mayor’s office, all visitors are offered drinking water in glass that is half-filled. They are again served water if required. The wastage of water due to visitor drinking half a glass of water is being avoided.

The mayor has urged the municipal commissioner to implement the plan in all civic offices. Citizens in large numbers visit the civic offices every day for some or the other work, the practise of giving half-filled water glass would save a lot of water.

Incidentally, most residents and officials have welcomed the move and it is being followed at many places in the city. Other government offices and eating joints too have started following it to check wastage of water. In few civic offices, the administrative staff has been directed to give drinking water to visitors only if they ask for it. Many visitors to civic offices take a sip of water only because they are offered and waste the rest.

“At some civic offices, the water is kept in a bottle and the visitors are given the bottle and an empty glass so that they take the amount required,” said a civic employee.

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