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Nov 19, 2012, 08.40 PM IST | Source: PTI

Drinking water in plastic cans at water purification centres

Drinking water in plastic cans at water purification centres

Puducherry, Nov 19 (PTI) Puducherry Government planned to increase the number of plants for purification of water for distribution in plastic cans to residents and private individuals at Rs seven per can of 20 litres water, Chief Minister N.Rangasamy said today. Declaring open one such water purification centre in Thengaithittu near here, he said the Public Health Division of Public Works Department had been operating such centres in three residential localities. Very soon fifteen more centres would be opened and the government was incurring Rs 24 lakhs for one unit of water treatment so that the residents would get pure and hygienically sound water to drink. He said in the wake of the December 26, 2004 tsunami the quality of water particularly in coastal areas had been hit and the government had hit upon the plan of opening treatment centres for supply in cans. Presently the requirement of the people was 74 million litres a day and this was set to go up with increase in population. If residents wanted door delivery, the government would associate the self-help groups and an extra Rs 2 would be collected for it. The government had earmarked during the 2010-11 financial year Rs 3.66 crore for the treatment plants and setting up the sales booths in various colonies. PTI COR VS

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