Varanasi: Varanasi to drink water at just 50 paise. A French company and sanitation NGO Sulabh International have joined hands to set up a drinking water plant at the historic Assighat. After the plant gets set up and at the place, the people of Varanasi would be able to drink water at just 50 paise.Informing of the development, Sulabh founder Bindeshwar Pathak said, “Through a new technology, the contaminated water of Ganga river will be converted into pure drinking water at a nominal cost.” The proposed plant will produce around 8,000 litres of pure drinking water every day.
According to sources, the plant would be established within the next three months. He said that Sulabh, along with French organisation ‘1001 Fontaines’, launched a pilot project in three West Bengal districts of North 24-Parganas, Murshidabad and Nadia a few months ago and the trial run proved successful. “Now we are going to replicate our new invention at Assiaghat,” Pathak said on Thursday.
The plant is likely to cost Rs.20 lakh, an amount that would be borne by the Sulabh International. The innovative model is a result of the joint venture of Sulabh International and the French organisation. The plant provides safe drinking water after various stages of purification from any water bodies like rivers or ponds.