Drinking water ATMs to be set up at 20 locations in Chandigarh

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 19, 2016 13:38 IST
The concept of Smart Public Drinking system got the nod and now, 250 ml drinking water will be available at Rs 2 with a litre costing Rs 5. (HT Photo)

The Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) has approved the installation of automated mobile water vending machines (also known as e-water ATMs) at 20 locations in the city to improve the availability of drinking water in the city. In its meeting on Wednesday, the concept of Smart Public Drinking system got the nod and now, 250 ml drinking water will be available at Rs 2 with a litre costing Rs 5.

“We will invite tenders for the project. From 20 locations in the first phase, we will go on to other locations,” F&CC member Subhash Chawla said.

The members also decided that with 26 booths at the air-conditioned fish market not being auctioned for over four years now, the facility may be changed into a general trade market.

The committee decided not to auction sites of two-wheeler market in Sector 41, but fixed Rs 800 as weekly fee for sale and purchase of old two-wheelers on Sunday.

The committee accorded approval regarding bringing 35 MGD (millions of gallons) raw water (Phase 5 and 6) from Jandpur/Behlolpur near Kharar to Water Works, Sector 39, Chandigarh in 2 acres as deposit work with the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA).

Members also approved an agenda item regarding the appointment of consultant for detailed engineering concept development site investigation design drawing, specifications and supervision of the execution of the work along with cost estimate for integrated land fill management at dumping ground situated in Sector 38 (W) near the Dadumajra colony.

Revised rent for shops in villages

The committee members fixed Rs 700 for four-wheelers and Rs 250 for two-wheeler monthly parking pass for all shop keepers and general public in Multi Level Parking, Sector 17, Chandigarh.

The committee members accorded approval for the disposal of 43 shops at Maloya, Palsora and Kajheri villages with revised monthly rent.

The members fixed Rs 5,000 as fee to use the pavement/titled space between veranda and parking for placing temporary table and chairs outside the eating joints from 8.15pm to 10.30pm.

The committee has decided to lease out the night shelter buildings in pockets number 2 and 3 in Manimajra, Chandigarh to the Sadhna Society for Mentally Retarded Children to run a school for mentally-retarded children.

Mayor Arun Sood chaired the meeting attended by MC commissioner B Purushartha and other members namely Asha Jaswal, Subhash Chawla, Sat Parkash Aggarwal and other MC officers.

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