World Water Day is marked on 22 March every year. It’s a day to celebrate existence and significance of water in our daily life. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It also reminds people about the significance of fresh water and to promote sustainability for fresh water resource management.
The major issue in India on water consumption is clean drinking water, health, hygiene and sanitation. To cope with these issues, government has undertaken several initiatives like Swachh BharatAbhiyan, Clean Ganga Project to create an enabling environment for innovation and sustainability.
Taking cue from the Government Initiatives, iTV network and atom technologies, in partnership with AquaKraft Projects Pvt Ltd., have initiated a special programme for the betterment of the society. Under this special programme water ATMs & public utility services will get administered across the length & breadth of the country including D,E, and F category railway stations under the CSR programme facilitated by IRCTC and CMAI Association of India. Aquakraft, in partnership with iTV Network and atom, have joined hands to take a revolutionary initiative to provide clean drinking water though aqua ATMs starting with Varanasi City. 41 Water ATMs and 10 state of the art public utility toilets will be initially inaugurated in the key areas of North Eastern Railway district. Atom is one of India’s leading payment service providers and powers the payments solution of AquATM where prepaid cards would be used by consumers for purchasing water.
Similar type of utility station has already been implemented in Maharashtra, Karnataka & Rajasthan and is currently being implemented in Baramati by Aquakraft. The entire initiative will lead into a seminar on water conservation with the participation of key stakeholders, bureaucrats, corporates, subject experts from the water & sanitation industry.
Aquakraft Chairman & CEO Mr. SubramanyaKusnur highlighted the importance of water & said “Water management is an important requirement for ecologically sustainable development. Efficient consumption of water is a major issue in today’s society, thus our project has been set up to create products that can help preserve one of our key natural resources and at the same time fulfil the requirements of clean and healthy water to the nation.”
iTV Network, Founder & Promoter Mr. Kartikeya Sharma said “iTV Network has always been at the forefront of using media as a platform for change. Availability of Clean Drinking Water is one of the key challenges today and we at iTV network are happy to work closely with Aqua Kraft to create a revolution in the distribution of clean and safe drinking water.”
Atom technologies CEO, Mr. DewangNeralla said “We are extremely elated to work with Aquakraft for powering their AquATMs with our prepaid cards. We strongly believe this will benefit the clusters of villages and communities around the stations and will not only provide safe drinking water but also help foster greater financial inclusion through enablement of payments for water as well as other services using the prepaid cards”.