LUCKNOW (Metro Rail News): The Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) in a joint initiative with JanaJal, India’s premiere water services company, has undertaken a pilot project for installation, operation and maintenance of 5 water ATMs at Lucknow Metro stations, of which the first was inaugurated at Lekhraj Metro Station on the occasion of 150th Gandhi Jayanti.
The other four water vending machines are to be installed at Alambagh, Krishna Nagar, Lekhraj, Bhootnath and Badshah Nagar Metro Stations. More stations such as Charbagh, Munshipuliya shall be covered in subsequent phases covering the entire stretch of Lucknow Metro’s North-South corridor.
With state of the art technology, all water ATMs will be remotely monitored for their functioning, quality control and system health through web-based technology besides supporting coin/card-based dispensing along with UPI, BHIM, BharatQR and 122 e-wallets. The water complies with the requirement of the latest BIS standard IS 10500:1991 for drinking water. The machine has been installed at such a location that everyone passing by can avail clean drinking water 24×7. To prevent waste creation, people are encouraged to bring their empty bottles and refill at a nominal charge, whereas, Rs 1 would be charged extra if the consumer avails a paper glass.
The cost of chilled water through the water ATMs will be-
(I) 250 ml of chilled drinking water (on refill basis): Rs. 2/-
(II) 250 ml of chilled drinking water (with paper glass): Rs. 3/-
(III) 500 ml of chilled drinking water (on refill basis): Rs. 3/-
(IV) 1 litre of chilled drinking water (on refill basis): Rs. 5/-
Inaugurating the Water ATM, Managing Director, LMRC Shri Kumar Keshav said, “On 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, LMRC dedicates the water ATM Project to Bapu’s ever-continuing resolve for cleanliness & inclusiveness by providing safe, clean and affordable drinking water to the public at large.”
Through this project, Lucknow Metro aims to cater to thousands of metro commuters’ everyday but also make clean, drinking water available at an affordable price to the public, surrounding shops and establishments who will be able to avail such much needed service eliminating the generation of single-use plastic bottles that are a serious hazard to the environment.