PHE department aims to install 40 water ATMs before Pujas

The state Public Health Engineering department has decided to install 40 units of water ATMs in different parts of Kolkata. One has already been installed near Ekdalia in South Kolkata.

With an endeavor to provide safe drinking water to all at a bare minimum price, it has been decided to install the same at different parts of the state. But as pilot project it will be first set up in Kolkata and its adjoining areas.

Before, Puja it will come up in two places in Dum Dum, Victoria Memorial Hall, Indian Museum and near Nakhoda Masjid and 40 other places. The locations have been identified based on the footfall.

One just needs to put a Rs 2 coin into the machine and one will get a bottle containing 1 litre of cold safe drinking water. This is the first time when such an initiative has been taken by the state government.

The state PHE department has plans to install 200 such water ATMs across the state and steps to identify the location would take place after the success of the project in Kolkata and its surrounding areas.

Elite panel to shape Institute of Public Health

An enviable ensemble of academics -led by Amartya Sen and belonging to iconic institutes like MIT, University College London and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine -will now help set up and shape Bengal’s first Institute of Public Health.

West Bengal Chief minister Mamata Banerjee will give shape to the ambitious project, which is expected to come up in Kalyani, during her upcoming maiden visit to the UK. An MoU will be signed between the state and the top British institutions and academics on Monday.

Mamata Banerjee has handpicked the illustrious governing body of the institute. Apart from Sen, the panel will include former health secretary of India Sujatha Rao, Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee from MIT, Grant Miller from Stanford School of Public Health and Michael Mermet from University College London.