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WB govt launching water ATMs in city, districts

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

and Rural Development and Public Health Engineering Subrata today said the state has launched a water project to provide bacteria-free in schools.

The is setting up water ATMs in the city and suburbs and the machines are made in Germany, he told reporters on the sidelines of an award programme here.

"If someone can prove the presence of harmful bacteria in any such water ATM, he will be given Rs 2 lakh. We will be setting up 50 such water ATMs in Our main focus will be schools as well as hospitals in suburbs," said.

He said this was a novel project and the pilot has already begun in some areas of

"Arsenic contamination was most alarming in 90 blocks of seven districts but we have been able to contain it by 61 per cent and we are working to contain it fully," he said.

"This has been possible with the help of the International Cooperation Agency, the and the World Bank," he said adding the is drawing water from perennial sources of water like river through pipes.

The was present at the Royal Excellence Award 2018 function - an Award to recognise the achievements of social entrepreneurs in different walks of life.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 22:40 IST