The PSU coal miner, Western Coalfields Limited (WCL), which mines have “surplus groundwater” that comes out through coal extraction, has decided to use it for commercial purposes by making it potable and selling it at a cost of Rs8 per bottle, at least Rs12 lesser than the market price of other bottled water. This was announced by WCL chairman-cum-managing director (CMD) Rajiv R Mishra at a press conference here on Saturday.
The move apparently shows that WCL in years to come may concentrate on using its water completely for commercial purposes. Mishra, however, denied it saying, “the intention of the WCL not to earn profit from this project. The WCL, in fact, will focus only in rural areas where people can get purified water at a very affordable price”.
The WCL, as of now, reuses 42 crore lakh litre water per day and which benefits around 1.90 lakh population in 60 villages. The coalfields also provide water to 18 irrigation projects in the state. Read More
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