Chennai: In a bid to ensure quality and affordable drinking water for the poor and middle class people, the Jayalalithaa government in Tamil Nadu is set to launch nine 'Amma Mineral Water' production units across the state that would offer one litre bottle at a price of Rs 10.
   
These units, to be established by the state transport corporations, would make available one litre of mineral water at Rs 10 each, ensuring safe drinking water and reducing to some extent the financial burden on the people, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said in a statement.
   
The government initiative would be a boon to the people, especially the Chennaites who were left in the lurch by the recent strike by packaged drinking water firms after the Tamil
Nadu Pollution Control Board shut down 92 manufacturing units found operating without licence.
   
Jayalalithaa, who is fondly called by her party cadre as "Amma", said that in the first phase, a production unit would be established in suburban Gummidipoondi with a capacity of three lakh litre per day and necessary equipment would be procured by the road transport corporation.
   
The water bottles would be made available in buses plying in long distance routes, at mofossil bus terminus and bus terminals here, Jayalalithaa said.
    
She said the transport corporations would sell a litre of bottled water at Rs 10 as against Rs 15 by the Railways and Rs 20 by private players.
   
After the official launch of the first unit on the occasion of AIADMK legend and late Chief Minister C N Annadurai's birth anniversary on September 15, nine more water production units would be established across the state, she said.

(Agencies)

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