The Indian Railways is taking a huge step towards the preservation of water. On March 22, the day globally marked as World Water Day, railways will be rolling out a new policy that is likely to be a game-changer.
The railways will buy recycled water from private players.
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This is to not only ensure water is not unnecessarily wasted, but also to cut down on the annual water bill of the Indian Railways by ₹400 crore. The treated and recycled water will be extensively used for various purposes except for drinking.
This policy would not simply be implemented in railway stations and in trains but also all railway zones such as hospitals, factories, colonies etc. Up until now, the railways has been buying water from the state.
This move is also to ensure that unnecessary amount of money does not get spent in the process. A senior Railway Ministry official spoke to the Economic Times and elaborated on the policy framework that is being put in place. The official noted, “The water policy envisages buying treated water from water treatment plants for 2 paise per litre, while we now purchase water for 7 paise per litre.”
Currently the government spends a whopping ₹4,000 crore on its water bill alone on a yearly basis. The railways will encourage private players to set up water treatment plants specifically for this purpose and authorities will also ensure that treated water is bought from these plants alone.
According to the official, the new water policy will also be promoting a better water management system that will curtail water wastage and consumption.