Shortage of Rail Neer: Sell of Water Bottle of suspicious brand at Railway Stations

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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.

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As per the news article in The Tribune India Newspaper, The Railway’s Packaged Drinking WaterRail 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.

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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 Neer now and they will start selling it. He further added that, the first preference will be always given on serving the Rail Neer water bottles in the trains.

Packaged Drinking Water Business – a Huge Hit in Maharashtra

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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.

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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 Water Bottles, Chilled Jars. Now there is a huge demand for fresh, clean and chilled water throughout the year in India.

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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.

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India’s Growing Concern on Groundwater Levels

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Groundwater is an important natural resource of water but people often take groundwater for granted because of its easy accessibility. Overuse of groundwater is causing the problem of groundwater table depletion and drying springs and aquifers.

In the third part of its Groundwater Lecture Series, held at Columbia Global Centers in Mumbai, one of India’s leading scientists on hydrogeology and an advocate for groundwater management and governance, Dr. Kulkarni, attempted the topic of India’s dependency on groundwater and how it could be result into groundwater crisis, if we left it unchecked.

Leading hydrogeology scientist Dr. Kulkarni pointed out issue of the over-exploitation and contamination of water resources. Water resources are over-exploited or contaminated with chemicals like arsenic that occur at deeper levels of groundwater in several districts of India, particularly in agriculture-heavy region. The situation is alarming in the regions where groundwater exploitation exceeds replenishment. He also spoke about steep rise in groundwater use and lack of reliable data for checking groundwater.

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In the end,Concerned Leading hydrogeology scientist said that, there is urgent need for groundwater management to boost the groundwater levels and to build and maintain the aquifers.

A Training Session at Bangalore

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:

  • Capital Investment.
  • Working Capital Calculation.
  • Profit Margin Calculation.
  • Cost per bottle/jar/pouch.

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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.

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Certificate Distribution:

Last session is certificate distribution.

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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.

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Free Clean Drinking Water at Multiplexes and Restaurants in Bangalore

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Free Clean Drinking Water at Multiplexes and Restaurants in Bangalore

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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.

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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.

Petition in Delhi : Ban on Sale of Unlicensed RO

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10-07-17 imgAs per the News in the Hindu Business Line, An NGO filed a petition in the National Green Tribunal to ban the sale of RO Manufacturers without the mandatory certification of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). (As per the rules of BIS any product sold in India, which relates to the safety of the consumer, needs the ISI mark). The plea has been made to penalized unlicensed RO Manufacturers and for the directions from the BIS to set zero-discharge as norm for RO water purifiers.

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Concerned NGO friends stated that, there are no norms for minimum level of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) and different essential minerals which kept the water at safe levels which gives full scope to RO filter companies and Packaged Drinking Water Industry for selling De-mineralised water. (This De-mineralised water is mostly used in batteries and various industrial works and very dangerous for human health).

To know more about Mandatory Processes for Packaged Drinking Water as Per the BIS please check link

The petition also pointed out that, the RO manufacturers are blatantly flouting the norms of BIS rules and National Water Policy 2012. As per BIS, It is mandatory to mention that, ‘RO system is not recommended for Arsenic level above 0.01 mg/l and Fluoride level above 8.0 mg/l’. But unlicensed RO companies are not following this rule and only up to 80 per cent wastage of pre-treated potable water or ground water is allowed for point-of-use RO water filters as per BIS, which is contrary to the water policy.

As, the RO System was invented to create pure water from unusable sea water and was never meant for filtering ground water but nowadays, many people are using RO Systems, which will waste around 80 per cent of potable water. Moreover, unlicensed RO companies using marketing strategies which misleading people as it cannot guarantee to treat water to meet health safety standards which is coming from; questionable source and in places exceeding arsenic and fluoride levels in water.So, the petition was made to curb the sale of unlicensed ROs.

TN Govt. Agreed on Demands of Packaged Drinking Water Plants

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Due to the worst drought condition, People in Tamil Nadu are highly dependent on Packaged Drinking Water. However, in the last week of May, People were shocked because Packaged Water Drinking declared an indefinite strike. As there is no timely supply of safe water by the government, a few people who are dependent on corporation water moving towards better quality Packaged water. Daily, around 10 lakhs plus cans are supplied in the state. In this way, Packaged Drinking Water became the lifeline of drought-hit in Chennai.

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Eventually, realizing the demand for the Packaged Drinking Water units, the government of Tamil Nadu has sorted out the problem with the promise of removing Packaged Drinking Water Plants from the 18 percent tax slab in the GST and on lifting the ban on groundwater.

But, due to high demand of water, many unlicensed water plants are drawing groundwater illegally and supplying untreated water, which can be dangerous for people in Tamil Nadu. And, after purifying the water, water plants releasing the effluents back to streams of groundwater and in turn contaminating the water sources and there is no check or control over it.

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Meanwhile, Groundwater levels are decreasing rapidly which became the biggest issue of concern in the state.Many Packaged Drinking Water Plants are not aware about need for groundwater management. They should manage available water sources in responsible manner and try to balance the use of water sources through replenishment as well.

Though, TN Govt. has promised on lifting the ban on Packaged Drinking Water Industry for drawing groundwater, the water industry should understand that, the Groundwater depletion is not just an issue of business. It is more about us and our ecology. Government and water industry should work together to boost groundwater levels.

  • If you are interested to know about sustainable water management, then please attend our live training session on Groundwater Check Details.

 

Review of Packaged Drinking Water Training Session- 24th and 25th June 2017

As always, on 24 and 25th June 2017, we conducted Training Session on Packaged Drinking Water which was held at MCCIA hall, Tilak Road Pune, Maharashtra. The Seminar Trainers were experts in the Groundwater, Finance, Subsidy, ISI and Water Treatment.

We Were Overbooked:

We had an overwhelming participation by diverse attendees at our training event. There was a great turnout (28 attendees),which was beyond the capacity (25 max) of the hall and the participants came from all over the country, especially from Assam, Meghalaya, Orissa, Bhopal, Gujarat, Mumbai and Pune. While, around the 30% of the participants attended this event through the reference of our former attendees.

(You can read Past Reviews here)

Check Out the Highlights of the Event:

  • Cost Per Bottle Session Introduced:

The trainer Mr. Ajay Kulkarni and Mr. Soumitra Ghotikar explained how cost per bottle varies according to the plant. They gave practical demonstration on cost per bottle by comparing prices of 2000 lph and 5000 lph plants.

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  • Detailed Plant Layout Workshop:

We conducted special live activity session on designing plant layout. In this, attendees have to find out the capacity of plant and based on this required size of the machinery to get the exact plot area of the plant. Here, the attendees experience the designing of plant layout on their own.

We also held the special training sessions on Groundwater Management, Project Report, ISI and Water Testing. Certificates were distributed in the end of the event.

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Punjab on the Edge of Water Disaster

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Punjab the land of five rivers is facing serious crisis of water as the groundwater is depleting at a higher level and available water bodies are also highly contaminated.

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As per the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB),Out of 138 blocks in the state 103 are over exploited, 5 more are critical and 4 are semi critical. According to the special survey conducted by CGWB, Stage of groundwater development is 145% as depletion of groundwater is more than the annual recharging. It is also found that, the groundwater also has quality problems in most of the districts.

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As per the latest reports of Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), Under the National Water Quality Monitoring Programme all the Rivers especially Satluj and Ghaggar, from 38 monitoring points on its rivers, were found polluted.

The groundwater had been already exploited and Irrigation mostly dependent on river water through canals. But, most of the part of its river waters are flowing though Rajasthan and Haryana due to which dependency on the groundwater is increased.  The water quality of the rivers also turned out to be poor because of pollution in the water. State and Union governments have built sewerage treatment plants but even those are not running properly.

Recycling Machine for Plastic Bottle with Reward!

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Due to the problem of water shortage, people are relying more on Packaged Drinking Water to quench their thirst. But, we cannot neglect the fact that plastic bottles create unnecessary waste in landfills and water sources.This waste of plastic bottles has very bad impact on environment.

Go Green! Recycle Pet Bottles…!

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Go green doesn’t only mean to plant and save trees. If we really want to save our ecology, we should first change our habit of throwing pet bottles anywhere on the roadsides. We should learn to manage waste material. Taking into consideration the growing problem of untreated waste in India, Western Railway and Wockhardt Foundation an NGO, has come up with the solution of the plastic recycling machines. Recycling of plastic bottles will definitely create positive impact on an environment in a several ways as it will help to reduce landfills and water wastage, increase recycling rates, lowers greenhouse gas emissions.

Railway Stations in Mumbai has installed ‘Plastic Recycle Machine’ so that the commuters can reuse the plastic bottles.

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Earn Money by Recycling Plastic Bottles/Cans:

There is a huge response to Plastic Recycle Machine installed at Railway Stations in Mumbai. People are using these machines and enjoying rewards on it.

Though, Railways didn’t have spent any money to install the machine but this plastic recycle machine can add income to Indian Railways by giving them a chance to advertise on it & also on the LED screen. It will also help to maintain cleanliness. And most important use of this machine is this recycled bottles will be supplied to fibre-producing companies for making clothes, carpets & grocery bags.

How does it Work?

  • It accepts bottle/can with authentic bar codes only.
  • It can crush 5000 bottles per day.
  • It will immediately give a reward to the user while recycling used bottle/cans to motivate for repeated use.

Steps are Simple:

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See the working of Plastic Recycle Machine:

Don’t you think Plastic Recycle Machine should be installed in every state of India! Please Comment…