The Ghaziabad municipal corporation has finalised formalities for provision of more than 100 water ATMs to provide safe and clean drinking water to residents at public places.
Officials of the corporation said that a meeting was held with nine private firms, during which it was decided that the corporation will provide water supply for the ATMs while the firms will set up the equipment.
“The firms will be allowed to advertise on the water ATMs and all the maintenance expenses will be borne by them. Under the scheme, we have proposed at least one machine for each of the 80 municipal wards. We have decided that at least 100 machines are required to cover all areas under the municipal corporation. The number of ATMs can also be increased,” RK Yadav, executive engineer (water works) with municipal corporation, said.
“We have also discussed the formalities with local councillors but they have not provided us the locations where the ATMs have to be installed. Now, we are carrying out a survey to identify locations ourselves. The firms have also accepted the rates at which the water will be provided,” Yadav said.
As per the discussions, 250ml of chilled water will cost `1. Vendors will provide the citizens with a paper made glass that can be disposed easily. A litre of water will cost `2 but residents will have to bring their own bottle. For residents demanding more water, the corporation has also provisioned 20-litre supplies but the water will not be chilled, officials said.
“The 20-litre supplies will be provided in residential areas where there is erratic water supply. For 250ml and 1litre of water, residents will be provided chilled water from the ATMs,” Yadav said.
The concept of water ATMs is gaining popularity. A water dispensing unit churns out the required quantity of water on payment.
At present, the corporation has nearly 2.35 lakh water connections in the corporation limits and produces nearly 388 MLD of water per day. However, there is no availability of clean and safe drinking water at public places.
“Since Ghaziabad is a big city, the corporation should set up more water ATMs. A single ATM for one residential ward will not suffice. At least 4-5 machines should be available in each area so that residents can have easy access to clean drinking water. There is hardly any such facility available at public places, markets and purchase of 1 litre water bottle becomes inevitable,” Preeti Sinha of Kavi Nagar said.