The smart city will soon facilitate a smart way of providing safe and potable drinking water for its citizens. The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a private firm, Piramal Sarvajal, to set up water ATMs in the city.
Bhubaneswar is the second city in the country to have water ATMs after Delhi. Among the smart cities, it is the first one to introduce the system. The private agency will provide technical assistance to BMC to install the ATMs and maintain it for five years.
Features of Water ATMs
- The water ATMs will run on solar power
- Pay 30 paise a litre of water
- Water ATMs will be installed mostly in slum pockets
- Around Rs 5 crore will be spent on the project
- Smart card will be distributed among people free of cost
- Bhubaneswar is the 2nd city in India to have water ATMs after Delhi
According to the MoU, as many as 40 ATMs will come up at the places where drinking water is not accessible, source of water is available for treatment and the vehicle carrying treatment water can reach.
The BMC sources said to supply purified water to 40 ATMs, four water treatment units will be set up by the private firm. Each unit will cater to 10 ATMs. There will be dedicated vehicles for transportation of the purified water.
The water ATMs will run on solar power. People can buy smart cards, which looks like debit cards to swipe in the ATM machine to fetch the water. People will have to pay 30 paise a litre of water, said a BMC spokesperson.
Once swiped, the ATM screen will show options of quantity of water. The machine will pump out water based on the quantity of litres opted by the people.
Installation of water ATMs will considerably reduce chances of water-borne diseases in water scarce areas.
“We are giving priority to those areas, which have either no direct access to safe water or remotely located to facilitate piped water. Primarily, we have selected the slum pockets where more number of ATMs will be installed,” said BMC mayor Anant Narayan Jena.
Around Rs 5 crore will be spent on the project, the mayor added.
City engineer (BMC) Dwaipayan Patnaik said one ATM can store minimum 500 litre and maximum 40,000 litre.
“We will store water according to demand in a particular area. The smart card will be distributed among people free of cost. But they will have to recharge it by paying some amount,” he said.
Courtesy: The Times of India