November 27, 2018
Mobile water ATMs being launched in Kolkata
On November 29, Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will be introducing mobile water ATMs at six busy spots across Kolkata. They would be driven around by women from self-help groups (SHG).
The KMC would run this venture in collaboration with two NGOs. This is the latest of several KMC projects to help women become self-sufficient, another being opening a canteen, again in collaboration with an NGO.
A litre of drinking water would be available at Rs 5 and two litres at Rs 8, and a glass of water would be sold for Rs 6 from these vending systems. Each water ATM would be managed by two to three women from SHGs.
Four of the vehicles would be stationed in front of Calcutta Medical College, and Park Street, Chandni Chowk and Esplanade metro stations. The other two would roam around New Market. The civic body has aimed to launch 141 of these water-vending machines in all.