In an innovative step to dispense water, the Delhi Jal Board last year launched a pilot project of setting up water ATMs.
The project by Delhi government that commenced in January 2015 with the installing of Water ATMs at 15 locations in Savda Ghevra, a resettlement colony in West Delhi, has now spread across the capital with 230 ATMs.
These water ATMs powered by solar energy are serving 7,500 families in Savda Ghera, with another 850 families using the facility in South-West Delhi. It is because of this success that the Delhi Jal Board was awarded the Best Water Management through Water ATMs in 2015.
A decentralised water plant has been set up that purifies the water through reverse osmosis process. The ATMs can store a minimum of 500 litres and maximum of 40,000 litres of water. Once swiped, the ATM screen shows options of the quantity of water. The machine then pumps out water by the number of litres chosen.
Taking a cue from Delhi, such water ATMs are also being set up across many states of India. Ten water ATMs have been installed in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
Apart from developing the water management system in Delhi, the government has also done fairly well to improve the healthcare structure. The government has recently introduced free MRI and CT scan in private labs to bonafide residents of the capital whose annual income is less than Rs 3 lakh.
According to Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain, the money — Rs 350 crore — for the MRI and CT scans have been saved from the timely construction of flyovers.
As people will be able to opt this scans from private labs, it will certainly decrease the load in the government hospitals.
The Logical Indian appreciates the efforts made by the Delhi Government to improve the public welfare schemes in the city.