To provide clean drinking water to people at public places in cities, Haryana government intends to provide water ATM at every 400 meters in the urban areas of the state.

A proposal to this effect has been approved by the Chief Minister (CM), Manohar Lal Khattar, the urban local bodies minister, Kavita Jain, said on Monday.

She said soon after notification of this policy, the municipalities would identify public places and start installation of water ATMs. The minister said in another first, the Haryana government has prepared Water ATM Policy to provide clean drinking water to people at public places in cities.

Under this policy, public places such as bus-stands, railway stations, parks, bus stops, parking areas and markets would be identified.

Functioning of water ATMs would be ensured in three ways. The municipality would install water ATM and ensure that it functions, the municipality would install and hand it over to an agency for functioning and the option of Corporate Social Responsibility would also be available to ensure functioning.

Jain said there would be a distance of 400 meters between two water ATMs which could be adjusted according to the convenience of people.