President launches ambitious Rs 100cr clean drinking water project for 1cr people
President Ram Nath Kovind, in collaboration with Kollam-based Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM), recently launched a new charitable initiative to provide filtration for clean drinking water to one crore villagers.
The first phase of the project aims to install 'Jivamritam' filtration systems for clean drinking water in 5,000 villages across the nation. MAM will completely fund the project at an expected cost of Rs 100 crore. Each Jivamritam system can filter the daily drinking-water needs of up to 400 five-member families, potentially providing safe and clean drinking water to one crore villagers.
Speaking on the occasion, the president said,
Kerala has been one of the leading spiritual homes of our country. The fame of spiritualism has shone bright in the state for thousands of years, with such revered people as Adi Shankaracharya, Sri Narayan Guru, and Ayyankali. They aim to provide clean drinking water in 5,000 villages across the country, and they strive to make villages open defecation free. Such initiatives promote the health and well-being of common people, and are reflective of both the spiritualism and the progressive ideals of Kerala – as embodied by Amma. Above all, such initiatives help build a better society and a happier nation.
The Jivamritam system was conceptualised and designed by faculty and students of MAM's five-campus university, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University). MAM intends to deploy all 5,000 Jivamritam systems within one year, provided there are timely permissions from local administrations.
Dr Maneesha Sudheer, the Jivamritam project head from Amrita University, said,
The Jivamritam system avails of a dual sand-and-activated-carbon filter to remove suspended particles and turbidity, followed by micron filters of five-micron and one-micron filtration. Each system also includes an ultraviolet water-purifier to remove pathogenic contamination, and two storage tanks — 2,000-litre inlet and a 1,000-litre outlet — to keep treated and untreated water separate. The filtered-water tanks are integrated with taps to provide drinking water at the location of the system itself.