As per the news article in the Live Mint Newspaper, the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) plans to launch an all-India survey on drinking water, sanitation, hygiene and housing conditions in July next year.
The NSSO, in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MOSPI) has been conducting nation-wide surveys on different socio-economic subjects on regular basis.
The MOSPI minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda stated that, in the 76th round (July 2018 – December 2018), NSSO planned to conduct an all-India survey on Drinking Water, hygiene and housing conditions and disability. This survey will show, how many people lack access to drinking water.
Water is a Life! Govt. will definitely take action to provide Drinking Water in every household. But it is also our responsibility to keep available water resources clean and to save water .
After many bad news about groundwater, here’s one good news! The Visakhapatnam district, has registered a rise in thegroundwater levels. As per the officials, the difference between the present and average is just 59 centi meters which is normal.
District groundwater department deputy director KK Sastry said that, if the district’s groundwater level is more than 9 meters then it will be a cause for worry only, but this year the district registered good groundwater level and this water level will increase in the coming months because of two monsoons.
Further Sastry added that, the groundwater level depends on two factors namely; rainfall and usage through bore wells.According to the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) officer, there are about 8000 public bore wells in the city. The civic official reported that, the use of ground water is not high by the public and the corporation also supplies sufficient water to the citizens.
As per the India Meteorological Department(IMD), this year the rainfall activity in the district was better in July compared to the same period last year and according to the IMD director (forecast) Naga Ratna, the district will receive better rains in August and September.
The actual rainfall registered in Visakhapatnam is 337mm against the average of 327.3mm from June 1 to July 31.
To solve the problem of water shortage, after NDMC, South Delhi Municipal Corporation has started a project to install 100 Water ATMs. LG Anil Baijal instructed to civic bodies to ensure that Water ATMs are installed in Delhi as early as possible and are maintained properly.
Senior official said that, People will get (250ml) chilled water for just Rs. 2 and for filling full bottle of they need to pay Rs. 5 per litre. The paper glasses will be available at every Water ATM. There was a very good response for the WaterATM in SDMC and about 300 glasses of water are sold per day. So, officers have decided to expand this service. This machine has a capacity of 5000 litres of RO water.
There is a rule for accumulating waste near Water ATMs; vendor has to ensure that the premise of water ATM must be clean.The place for the ATM will be decided by the SDMC, officials have identified 20-25 regions in the four zones. The Delhi govt. hopes that installation of Water ATMs will solve the problem water shortage soon and people will get clean and affordable water at lowest cost throughout the city.
There are some standards for Packaged Drinking Water under sub-regulations 2.10.7 and 2.10.8 of Food Safety and Standards (Food Products and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 respectively and these standards are compulsory for manufacturers of Packaged Water. The certification of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is mandatory for Packaged Drinking Water.
The FSSAI noticed the cases of sale of water by plants running without license and therefore, FSSAI has been checking the standards on the regular basis with the help of Food Safety Commissioners of States/UTs and directing them to take stringent action against them.The officials of Food Safety Departments of the respective States/UTsare regularly monitoring the packaged water to check whether they meet the requirement of standards and the rules and the regulations under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
In case, if any packaged water not complying with the standards then strict action will be taken under the provisions of Chapter IX of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. There are many complaints received regarding the quality of BIS Standard marked Packaged Natural Mineral water and Packaged Drinking Water as per IS 13428 and IS 14543 respectively and also about the misuse of Standard Mark on Packaged Drinking Water/Packaged Natural Mineral water by manufacturers without having valid BIS License. Depending on the result of the investigation the action will be taken by the concerned officers and cases will be filed in the concerned court of law.
Would you like to know about required licenses and documents for water plant, then please attend our training session on “Idea to Actualization of a Packaged Drinking Water Plant”
The petition has been filed in National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) by the activists in Pune about the illegal sell of Unpackaged Water (Cold jars/Cans) which is dangerous for human health. The activist complaint that these plants are running without license and selling contaminated water jars and cans.
Petitioner Dubbal told that,the water used in these jars and cans is drawn from dirty sources of water like gutter or nullah which may contain various impurities. These illegal small RO/UV water units are running without permission of MPCB in the state. The consumption of such contaminated water can cause multiple health hazards. Further he added that, there is a Section 64 of Water Act for state-formulated rules to check on water pollution caused by these water units. Another petitioner Barne added that they have approached the MPCB to request them to shut down existing unlicensed water plants.
The Advocate Asim Sarode, who is representing the petitioners, has raised the question over the concerned authorities for not being serious about sale of Unpackaged Water. Furthermore he said that, they are expecting that the commissioner of food and drugs and the central groundwater authority to file their complaints.
NGT have instructed to the concerned authorities to seal the water plants running without MPCB consent. On the other hand, Shivaji Desai, joint commissioner of Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), Pune division, said that, they are conducting raids on illegal water plants on regular basis in the city and suburbs. They also taking water sample of Packaged Drinking Water and testing it from laboratories and filing complaint against illegal water plants. Soon, FDA will submit the details about the past records of action taken against illegal water plants to the NGT then the bench will decide on August 28 about the further course of action.
Recently, the CAG reported in a Parliament about sell of food and water in Rail Neer, which is unfit for human health. The one more issue was raised in a Parliament regarding the unavailability of Rail Neer.
As per the news article in The Tribune India Newspaper, The Railway’s Packaged Drinking Water ‘Rail Neer’is out of stock. So, vendors are selling bottle water of other suspicious brand which can be dangerous for human health. IRCTC under the Ministry of Railways, produces around 6.14 lakh bottles of Rail Neer (1 litre capacity) Packaged Drinking Water every day at three plants located at Palur in Chennai, Nangloi in Delhi and Danapur in Bihar, to fulfill the requirement of 30 lakh bottles but the demand of bottled water has increased these days due to the increased temperature and the IRCTC has failed to meet the requirement.
One of the vendor told that, the railway authorities directed them to sell the water bottles of other brands due to the shortage of Rail Neer. But, Passengers and CAG officials are concerned about the purity of these unknown brands as it is related to human health. CAG officials said that, it is Railways responsibility to direct the vendors to sell the good brand water bottles to the passengers. Concerned Passenger Satnam Singh said that, even the purity of Rail Neer has also been questioned.
On the account of this, Railways commercial manager MR Khan said that, they received the supply of Rail Neernow and they will start selling it. He further added that, the first preference will be always given on serving the Rail Neerwater bottles in the trains.
Being a basic need of human being, water is always in demand. Today, Packaged Drinking Water Business is booming in the Indian market. Due to the growth in foreign tourists, high population and increased health consciousness amongst Indians and change in the lifestyle, the per capita consumption of bottled water has increased in India. According to the special survey, this market is growing at rate of 22% every year.
In early days, only summer was considered as a peak season for Packaged Drinking Water business. At that time, only Tourism and corporate sector was considered as the major consumers of Packaged Drinking Water but this is changing with the change into demand of packaged water in urban and rural areas. Nowadays, whenever you go to the social functions, corporate events or restaurants you will notice Packaged Drinking WaterBottles, Chilled Jars. Now there is a huge demand for fresh, clean and chilled water throughout the year in India.
There are some top water brands which are dominating the market in India, but still there is a very good scope for local water plants due to its increased demand. Packaged Drinking Water even reached in small villages and non-tier cities and many water plants are manufacturing low price water pouches to be sold in these regional markets.
According to the sources, currently, total 888 water plants are running in Maharashtra in which 108 water plants are in Vidarbha and Nagpur is ahead with the 51 water plants. Total revenue of Rs. 400 Crores is earned from this business in Maharashtra and Rs. 8000 Crores earned in the current year in all over the India. This water industry is still expected to grow in the coming years.
If you are planning to enter into this water industry, then it is definitely an excellent idea! But, it is very difficult to survive in this competitive industry for a new player, unless you have the proper plan and strategies for the packaged drinking water plant.
If you are interested to set up your own packaged drinking water plant, then please attend our next live training session.
The article in Times of India says that, FDA team raided on unlicensed RO chilled Water Units in Nagpur. Immediately after that, under the FSS Act, 2006, FDA issued orders for prohibiting the sale of chilled water. Basically the containers are unpackaged and unsealed and the water found in these containers is non-potable. Moreover, these units are operating under unhygienic and unmonitored conditions. So, The RO chilled water manufacturers association filed petition in Nagpur HC against the FDA.
The HC justices issued notices asking to the respondents including Union Ministry for Health and Family Welfare and Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for reply before August 1.Other respondents in the case are FDA’s Mumbai office along with its designated officers and assistant commissioners (Food) in Nagpur, Akola and Bhandara, and BIS.
According to Counsel Harnish Gadhia, the Centre made some amendments for RO Chilled Water Units in ‘Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011’on November 16 last year and also published a notification in the Official Gazette of India on March 1.On the account of this, FDA said that, it is mandatory to have licenses under the Act only forPackaged Drinking Water and not for unpackaged RO water chilled jars. BIS stated that, chilled water jars can’t be granted license as there is no amendment for them. The petitioners requested for cancelling the prohibition order and also to sell the water without license.
Also Read our article on: Converting a “Cold Jars” Plant into an ISI approved Packaged Drinking Water Plant.
This time we conducted our Training Session on Idea to Actualization of Packaged Drinking Water at JP Cordial -A Unit of JP Group of Hotels Purple Lounge, Bangalore, Karnataka on 15th & 16th July 2017.Our training comprises of sessions on business idea, further opportunities in this industry, required resources,Designing Plant, Machinery and Profit Margin Costing for plant, Water testing as per BIS, ISI Documents, Project Report &its Execution.
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Detailed Calculation of Cost and Profit for 2000lph and 5000lph Plants and Live activity on Jar Plants:
Before starting the plant, the first question that will come in mind is what will be the total cost of the plant? Here, in this training, our trainer conducted special session on calculating the cost as per the type of the plants in detail. It covered:
Working Capital Calculation.
Profit Margin Calculation.
Cost per bottle/jar/pouch.
Our trainer conducted live activity on Jar plants to understand it in a better ways. In this activity candidates have to find out detailed calculation cost as per the type of plant. In this session, candidates calculated cost based on area, machinery and profit also.
Last session is certificate distribution.
Further Benefits to the Attendees:
One of our attendee opted for our Total Plant Consultancy (Turnkey). This consultancy service includes Pre Plant survey, Machinery Visit, Vendoring included and Additional Support for Execution of the Project from Construction to the first Batch.
As the event was in Bangalore, most of the participants were from Bangalore but some candidates were from U.S. and Kerala also. If you are also interested to enter in the booming water industry then please check details of our next training session. It will definitely give you enriching experience with the opportunity to build your network as well.
Free Clean Drinking Water at Multiplexes and Restaurants in Bangalore
Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) issued a circular to all multiplexes, restaurants, hotels and eateries to provide free and clean Drinking Water to customers on their premises. BBMP has also informed these establishments to display boards at strategic points, saying drinking water is available.
Recently Sudha Katwa, a social activist, filed a complaint in Bengaluru Urban district consumer disputes redressal forum about the inconvenience for getting free clean drinking water at multiplexes and restaurants after she was forced to pay for Drinking Mineral Water in a mall in Yeshwantpur last year.
She stated that, Restaurants were not providing clean drinking water for free to the customer. Some restaurants were providing water but it is stored in very unhygienic condition. The same conditions were seen at mall.
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