18 water purifying units worth Rs. 50 lakhs, will be installed at various public places in the Khadki Cantonment Board (KCB) limits. Amol Jagtap, CEO of KCB, officially announced that the purifiers will treat waters drawn from borewells and work in this regard is currently in progress. Jagtap also assured that every ward in KCB will have a purifier with an hourly distributing capacity of 50 litres of water. Similar units will be set up in bus stops, schools, hospitals, market areas and in KCB office also, as reported by The Indian Express.
Among the 18 units to be installed, 2 had been developed by the CSIR National Chemical Laboratory, under the Gramin Vigyan Kutir programme, also referred to as the CSIR Techvill. The special units will be installed only at schools.
Senior scientist and in charge of CSIR Techvill said that the main objective of this initiative is to promote consumption of treated water. Interesting fact about these water purifiers is that they do not need much maintenance.
Previously, NCL did help several schools and hospitals with such units, under the Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. Both KCB and NCL are planning to install more such water purifiers in the years to come and help civilians to intake disease free pure water.