EDMC has decided to have 100 water ATMs installed in residential markets, each with a capacity of 5,000 litres.
Neighbourhood markets of residential colonies in East Delhi are soon to have water ATMs!
The project is a joint initiative between East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) and Delhi Jal Board (DJB).
EDMC deputy mayor Vipin Singh confirmed that 100 water ATMs will be installed in residential markets — one for each, with a capacity of 5,000 litres.
He added, “A tender has been floated for 20 water machines. Two of them will be in Mayur Vihar area — one at Samachar Market and another one at Block B, Mayur Vihar Phase I. We have signed an agreement with the DJB for supply of purified water.”
Among the few other markets in East Delhi that are to have water ATMs are Preet Vihar, Geeta Colony and Shahdara Market.
The residents have welcomed the move.
SP Bali, a resident of Rosewood Apartments, said, “If we can get drinking water at the market for a reasonable price, it’s a great thing. But will it be permanent or just a temporary facility? Many projects happen — but their short duration leaves no impact.”
Many residents have also raised concerns over availability of water.
Some claim the DJB is already facing shortage in supplying drinking water to households, how will it then provide extra 5,000 litres? “It is a good move, but is the DJB capable of shouldering the extra burden?” asked SK Walia, a resident of Nirman Apartment.
A similar initiative was taken by New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) last year. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), too, followed lead.
Mukesh Yadav, director of press, SDMC, said, “Around 100 residential markets in SDMC area have already been facilitated with water ATMs — 100 more are expected by year-end.”