Guwahati is all set to get new sets of Water ATM and bio-toilets soon.
A water ATM is an automated water vending machine that dispenses pure drinking water when a coin or note is inserted into it. A water vending machine works like any regular bank ATM, the only difference being that it provides water instead of money.
However for Guwahati, the government has decided to issue a NFC card for dispensing water. Although not necessary for everyone, the card will offer discounts and easy access. The Water ATMs will dispense 250 ml of water for Rs 1, Rs 5 for 1 litre. If a NFC card is used, 20 litre of water can be dispensed for Rs 25 only.
The Water vending machines, proposed to be set up in 20 different places across the city, will be inaugurated on September 20. Till now, 12 of them have been installed. Each of the machines has cost Rs 10 lakh while the total installation budget is Rs 2 crore.
The ATMs will dispense both chilled and normal drinking water.
The city is also set to get new automated bio-toilets. To be inaugurated on September 20, Guwahati will get 30 new bio-toilets. As of now, 22 have been completed.
The bio-toilets will be installed for a budget of Rs 9.53 crore.