Allahabad ( Prayagraj ), January 2019: The Kumbh Mela symbolises the act of Hindu pilgrimage faith. It is the biggest open social event and aggregate demonstration of devotion. While ahead of Kumbh, NGT (National Green Tribunal) checked river Ganga for purity, it was equally important to not just focus on clean water, but also pure drinking water at Kumbh Mela 2019. Hence, Pi-Lo Shudh Pani Seva Foundation, an NPO progressing in the direction of serving clean RO drinking water to the masses, installed water ATM machines at Kumbh Mela (Prayagraj) on the 17th of January 2019 earmarking a beginning to ‘Plastic-free India’.
In the years gone by, thousands of pilgrims staying right on the riverside had been reported with reeling from acute drinking water scarcity during the Maha Kumbh. Kalpvasis, who stayed in temporary shelters on the riverside and spend their time meditating and performing rituals, were forced to drink non-purified water due to unavailability of pure RO drinking water. This year, around 30 million pilgrims are expected to attend Kumbh Mela and Pilo Shudh Pani Foundation is set to provide pure drinking water for all pilgrims. With as much as 250ml of water available at one-time in just a click of a button, this social initiative is sure to quench the thirst of thousands of people at the event ensuring not just clean but also safe-to-drink RO purified water.
With a capacity of storing 500lts of water, the (water ATM machines) Jal Mandir installed is capable of producing 300lts of RO-purified drinking water per hour. Regardless of whether there is a power shutdown at Kumbh Mela, the purity of Pi-lo water will still not compromised, as there is 24-hr power supply backup for each water ATM machine.
Pi-Lo Inaugurated Free Smart Water ATMs at Kumbh Mela 2019
Previously, Pi-lo team has effectively installed water ATMs at different ASI (Archeological Survey of India) areas of India, for example, Humayun’s Tomb, Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Red Fort, Safdarjung Tomb, Qutub Minar, and Old Fort.
Mr Jatin Ahlawat, Co-Founder, Pi- Lo Shudh Pani Seva Foundation says, “Pi-Lo Shudh Pani Seva Foundation with GIWA Global Interfaith Wash Alliance has joined this Divya Kumbh – Bhavya Kumbh with a mission Harit Kumbh. Through this noble initiative, Pi-Lo Jal Mandir was committed to Serve Free RO Drinking water to Devotees in Kumbh and Save Maa Gange and Yamuna from Pet Plastic water bottles waste.’’
Access to consumable drinking water was as yet a long way crosswise over India. Recognizing this as a worry territory Pi-Lo Shudh Pani Seva Foundation chose to move in the direction of wiping out its two fundamental driver – accessibility and moderateness. It did it so by providing cleaned RO water, served in biodegradable containers consequently decreasing the utilization of plastic and continuing nature.