PUNE: Khadki Cantonment Board (KCB) will soon get water ATMs and water purifiers in the area under their jurisdiction. These ATMs and purifiers will be situated at commercial places, non-commercial places, schools, hospitals and at the Board’s office.
Due to insufficient funds with the board, the project was delayed for two years. Amol Jagtap, Chief Executive Officer of KCB, said, “The project was in the pipeline for last two years, but due to paucity of funds, it could not be executed. The tender was issued in 2017 and the Board had funds of Rs 53.37 lakh.”
There will be totally 18 ATMs and purifiers to be installed in the jurisdiction of KCB. Some will be installed at commercial places including Pune Khadki Bazar bus stop, Khadki Business Centre, Range Hill Market, Sanjay Gandhi Market and Khadki Market, while some at non-commercial places including all the eight wards of the cantonment.
Arun Godbole, Executive Engineer of KCB, said, “In all the commercial places, water ATMs will be installed and Re 1 per 200 ml will be charged. In all the non-commercial places, water purifiers will be installed near the existing borewells of the wards and it will be free of cost. The ATMs and purifiers will have facilities of Reverse Osmosis (RO) and Ultraviolet (UV) in it.”
“Also, we are going to construct a 10x10 room and the water purifier will be inside the room, only the outlet of the water will be outside through a small window. All the ATMs and purifiers will be of 100 litres capacity and will serve 200 ml of water. Also, a water purifier will be installed in the parking area of the Board’s office,” Godbole said.
Godbole further mentioned that the outsourcing agency has agreed to do three years of free maintenance of both the water ATMs and purifiers.
It will not serve cold water, as it sometimes gets dysfunctional.