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Water ATMs in offing in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to provide pure drinking water to the city slum dwellers, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) is all set to introduce pay and use water ATM service in five places in the city soon.

“In the first phase the water ATMs will be installed in Saliasahi, near Rajiv Bhavan behind the Secretariat, Raghunathpur in Dumduma area and Bharatpur,” said BMC Commissioner Ananta Narayan Jena.

Sources said the BMC will spend Rs 4 lakh each for the installation of water ATMs while Sarvajal, an organisation supplying clean drinking water, will looking after its maintenance.

The first of its kind in the State, customers will access clean water 24×7 using a pre-paid card at a cheap rate of 30 paise per litre.

For the distribution of cards, counters will be opened at various places in the city, besides BMC office, sources said.   

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