Kolkata now has a water ATM, a machine that will give one litre of pure drinking water at a cost of Rs 2. The coin-operated machine sells clean drinking water for two rupees which are way cheaper than what’s available in the markets right now. The water ATM is a government project and the rural focus given to this project is a unique aspect of it. Few other states have water ATMs but rural focus is found lagging in the other states. The water ATM has come as a huge relief to the citizens of Bengal given the blistering summer heat that is prevailing there. One water ATM has been installed at Ekdalia Park in South Kolkata.
One of the unique aspects of the German made water ATMs is the rural focus given to the project. A lot of people in rural areas are dependent on ponds and lakes for water drinking water which leads to water-borne diseases. Besides, West Bengal has a concentration of arsenic in its groundwater which is much higher than the international permissible standards. In lieu of this scenario, the water ATMs giving pure drinking water despite the presence of arsenic and fluoride should come as a huge relief to its citizens. Due to the low cost of pure water and the focus on rural areas , the water ATMs are expected to be received well.
The Logical Indian appreciates the government of West Bengal for its initiative to provide pure drinking water to rural areas. We request the government to extend this scheme to the far flung areas of Bengal until the last man and woman gets pure drinking water.
“Researchers Find 12,000 Pieces Of Microplastic Per Litre Of Arctic Ice”
“80-Kg Polythene Waste Removed From Cow’s Stomach After A Three-Hour Surgery”
“Pacific Garbage Patch Is Now Three Times The Size Of France”
These are a few news headlines from the past couple of months. No matter how much we try to deny it, over the course of time, plastic has become a part and parcel of our lives and it is destroying the environment and also endangering lives of animals.
While we have been made to believe that plastic is an indispensable part of our lives, it is destroying everything around us. According to UN Environment, about one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute around the world. Also, up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year. This means that almost half of the plastic created in the world is thrown away after a single-use.
All this plastic now ends up either in landfills or in the ocean. The marine life is heavily endangered because of plastic. Reports of aquatic animals dying of plastic pollution are increasing every day. A study from 2015 found around 44,000 incidences of animals getting entangled in plastic debris since 1960s. Plastic, that disintegrates into smaller pieces, are often eaten by smaller fish, which the ultimately ends up in our stomach. That is carcinogenic for human beings.
It is in this context that Indiabulls Home Loans has decided to do its bit and contribute to a plastic free environment. Setting the tone in its own offices, the company has decided to do away with single-use plastic bags and bottles at work.
As a special Independence Day initiatives, they have come up with a beautiful video #PlasticSeAzaadi. In the video, set against the backdrop of an Independence Day celebration at school children discuss the demerits of plastic use and how it is detrimental to the environment.
As with many important matters in life, it is children who recognize the right path and set the example. If they can, then why it is that adult can’t?
The Logical Indian appreciates Indiabulls Home Loansfor such a noble and necessary initiative to make our world a better place. We might not realize now, but the effects of excessive plastic could lead to ultimate destruction of Earth. We are ready to give up plastic, are you?