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The city of Kolkata and its suburbs would soon have as many as 200 ‘water ATMs’ or water vending machines installed, starting this Durga Puja. The initiative is part of the state government’s ‘Pran Dhara’ packaged drinking water project.

Panchayat and Public Health Engineering Department Minister Subrata Mukherjee inaugurated the first drinking ATM in the city at the Ekdalia Evergreen Club pandal.

Mukherjee also announced that 200 such ATMs would be launched across Kolkata and its surrounding area and later on, across the state.

The vending machines will provide portable water to the public at Rs 2 per litre by inserting coins. This will help increase the drinking water facility for the all sections of society at a reasonable price.