Nagpur: The Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule on Sunday inaugurated water filter ATMs at five places in Nagpur District. The water ATMs were dedicated at Ranala, Yerkheda, Dighori, Mahalgaon and Kamptee.
Present on the occasion include BJP Taluka President Ramesh Chikte, ZP member Vinod Patil, Panchayat Samiti Chairperson Anita Chikte, members Vimal Sable, Naresh Shende, Anil Nidhan, Devendra Gawte, Councillors Lalsingh Yadav, Sushma Shilam, Sandhya Raibole, Pratik Padole, Sub-Divisional Tehsildar Balasaheb Tedhe and others.
Bawankule said that installation of water ATMs in every village has become necessary to provide pure drinking water at nominal cost. People will be provided 25 litres of water at the cost of Rs 5 as against Rs15-20/litre sold in packaged bottles commercially. The water from these ATMs can also be used for cooking food. The clean and pure drinking water will ensure healthy life in villages and towns.
The water ATM machines are being installed with the funds received from State Government as well as multinational companies like Pernod Richard and Diageo and even from state-run Mahagenco, under their corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds.
The water for these machines is usually sourced from borewells provided by the gram panchayats. It is then cleaned through various processes like reverse osmosis (RO) and ultraviolet, apart from regular filters.