Summertime and water crisis have become synonymous in Delhi. But this time, keeping its manifesto promise to provide safe drinking water, the Aam Adami Party (AAP) government is likely to install around 100 water-dispensing machines in public places and major streets in a month’s time, reports Indian Express.
Delhi Jal Board (DJB) vice-chairman and AAP MLA from Karawal Nagar, Kapil Mishra said:
“In the next 7-10 days, we are planning to publish expression of interest (EOI) for the project. These water-dispensing units will provide free supply of drinking water to people.”
Last summer, DJB had installed water ATMs in northwest Delhi as part of its pilot project to meet water demands in slum clusters. With DJB facing shortage in finances, Mishra said:
“We plan to generate revenue by using these water kiosks for advertisements. Since these machines will be set up in public places and major roads in the capital, the amount of revenue generated through advertisements is going to be substantial.”
While the DJB expects these water dispensing machines to be state-of-the-art, efficient and smart, the final design is yet to be approved. Mishra said:
“Our primary aim is to ensure that the international standards in terms of water quality are maintained in these water kiosks.”