Soon, Free Drinking Water at Every Metro Station in Hyderabad

Here’s good news for people in Hyderabad. Passengers will get free Drinking Water at every metro station, on the start of commercial operation of the metro stations. The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS & SB) has already started providing water connections to metro stations.

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The HMRL will use revenues from the sale of tickets and will also use the structures like mall and multiplexes. The Water Board said that, they will charge tariffs to the metro stations under the commercial category and for non-operational metro stations, they will charge domestic tariffs.

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Each metro station has been allotted a unique ‘consumer account number’ by Water Board and using this account number, stations will have to generate monthly water bill. HMWS & SB officials said that, they will be supplying, 50 lakh litres of water per day to each metro station.

 

Pepsico Launching First-Ever Value-Added Packaged Water in India

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Pepsico India has set a goal to double sales of its Bottled Mineral Water Brand Aquafina in next five years in term of value-based growth. Pepsico India Senior VP Beverage Category Vipul Prakash said that, taking into an account brand growth then Aquafina should double in the next five years (in terms of value). The hydration industry (majorly plain water) has 40% space in Indian market. The Value-added water has huge opportunity in the coming days.

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Pepsico India introducing the vitamin fortified water category by launching Aquafina Vitamin Splash. Thisis the lowest calorie vitamin fortified water. There are two flavours of Aquafina Vitamin Splash Kiwi Lime and Raspberry Mint at Rs. 30 and Rs. 60 for 300 ml and 500 ml respectively.

He further added that, initially this product will be available in top 20-25 cities and then depending on the market response,company will take a decision to expand it.

Do you know about different opportunities in Packaged Water Industry?

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90% Village Houses to Get Safe Drinking Water By 2022

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On the inauguration the India Water Week 2017, President Ram Nath Kovind said that, Govt. assured provide safe drinking water to every household in village by 2022.A strategic plan has made to provide piped clean drinking water to 90% of rural households.

On the account of water management,he further said that, at present 80% of water was used by agriculture and only 15% by industry in India.And the demand of water will increase in the coming years. So, there is need for efficient water management to establish in Village and Urban cities too. In urban areas, around 40 billion of waste water is produced daily. So, there is a need for a technology to decrease the toxic content in it and reuse it in the irrigation.

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Clean and pure drinking is the right of everybody. There is a need to keep all the water resources clean. As the Govt. is also trying hard for water management, every person should come forward for this great movement. Save Water, Save Life!!!

MRP on Packaged Drinking Water is Inclusive of GST

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The consumers are already very unhappy about higher MRP on Packaged Drinking Water and now some vendors are selling Packaged Drinking Water by adding GST even if MRP (Maximum retail price) is always inclusive of all taxes. Concerned activists in Chennai raised this issue in the seminar of GST.

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In the seminar on GST, organized by Citizen Consumer and Civic Action Group and Consumers Association of India , MMM Abdul Kader from Consumer Bureau of India said that, He was asked to pay above MRP due to GST, which is a clear violation of rule under the anti-profiteering clauses of the GST Act. Uma Shanthi, Assistant Commissioner, GST Commissionerate told that, Consumers can file a complaint against such violation on www.tnlegalmetrology.in

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The Laws explained in this Seminar of the GST in Chennai for Packaged Drinking Water:

  • Allowed increase in price of packed product with a sticker of new MRP only until September 30. But, a sticker is not allowed on new stock.
  • If the Manufacturer wants to increase the cost of the packaged product because of the inclusion of GST, he needs to publish an advertisement in at least two newspapers. And In case if, the price decreases including GST then, manufacturer just need to display the new price. In each of the case, the old price should be visible for the consumer.
  • If any vendor is selling packaged drinking water at higher MRP without following rule, then the legal action will be taken against him, including a penalty of one year in jail or a fine up to Rs. One lakh.

 

 

Strict Action against Fake Packaged Drinking Water Bottle by Centre

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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.

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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.

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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”

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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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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.

Is The Packaged Drinking Water You Drink , Safe?

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The First post article says that, the business of Packaged Drinking Water became lucrative as the demand for packaged water is growing up day by day. Taking advantage of this, many fake water plants are cropping up across the India.

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Packaged Drinking Water Scam in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana:

As per the special investigation from Eenadua leading Telugu daily in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, it is found that about 20,000 Packaged Drinking Water Plants in the two states are running without a valid license.

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According to test conducted by Eenadu Newspaper, it is found that a water samples contains mixture of bacteria which are:

  • Deadly bacteria and other harmful impurities
  • Contained E-coli, a faecal bacteria found in the intestines of humans and animals, that causes diarrhoea.
  • Hazardous contaminants including pseudomonas, salmonella and staphylococcus.

These water samples were unfit for human consumption.

Let’s Know the Mandatory Processes for Packaged Drinking Water as Per the BIS:

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has decided that water must be subjected to processes called Pressure Sand Filtration, Activated Carbon Filtering, Reverse Osmosis, Ozonisation and Ultraviolet Treatment before being packaged and sold. Even a perfect water purifier can purify water but creates other problems as water purification which is much more than just removing impurities and reverse osmosis process removes impurities with most of the calcium and magnesium essential for good health. So, the purified water must also be “Remineralised” to bring back the minerals.

Due to increased demand for Packaged Drinking Water, many local small units are running water plants without the mandatory approvals from the BIS as well as Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). While it may need an investment of up to Rs. 20 lakh to run a legal and hygienic water plant, but many illegal water plant unitsare into the business with just Rs. 2.5 lakh with some sort of equipment that pollutes more than purifies the water.

#How to identify if your Packaged Drinking Water is safe?

Consumer should check whether it is properly sealed or not and details like manufacturing date and batch number.

       Here are the Steps:

  1. Click on the ‘status of licenses’.
  2. Type license number that follows the letter CM/L.
  3. Click on ‘report’.

If the details in report are the same as what you see on the container of the Packaged Drinking Water then it is genuine certification.

But if any fake water unit is using the ISI certification and other details of a branded company on his containers then it is very difficult to identify whether the water is safe or not. It is one of the humongous scam as it plays with human lives…

What do you feel about these Packaged Drinking Water Scam in India?

 

Indefinite Strike by Packaged Drinking Water Units in Chennai

Indefinite Strike by Packaged Drinking Water Units in Chennai

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Chennai again hit with a different kind of drinking water crisis. The Greater Tamil Nadu Packaged Drinking Water Manufacturers Association (GTPDWMA), which supplies more than 1.60 crore litres of water per day, announced an indefinite strike after government cracked down on Packaged Drinking Water Plants.

Image Courtesy: http://www.livechennai.com/The new Indian express article says that, Packaged Drinking Water Units in Chennai are on indefinite strike. Officials of the association said that, there are two reasons, one is the revenue department has closed many water units for limiting excessive usage of #Groundwater by the Plants.In fact they explained the fact that the Packaged Drinking Water Plants are using groundwater for providing safe drinking water to help the people from the crisis of drinking water especially when the government is also struggling to supply water through tanks or pipes and the second reason is GST has imposed 18% tax which will increase price of Packaged Drinking Water. Kindly bear in mind that earlier TN units were enjoying Tax free Packaged Drinking Water !

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The members of the association are requesting for a meeting with the government and also declared that they will continue to be on strike till they get an assurance from the government on groundwater and GST.

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FDA Raids On Illegally Running Water Packaging Units And Seals One in Raipur

FDA Raids On Illegally Running Water Packaging Units And Seals One in Raipur.

fda raidFDA started to take an action against illegally running drinking water units. As soon as, the orders were issued to conduct sudden raid at Packaged Drinking Water companies in Raipur, teams of food security officers simultaneously conducted raids at 17 districts across the state and collected 28 samples.

FDA Officials said that the raid was planned in 17 districts and one company was sealed on the spot. Also, many other Packaged Drinking Water companies running without having the BIS certificate. Moreover, drinking water in other illegal companies was not pure as it does not have labs of equipment’s to filter water required to make water drinkable.

FDA will take further actions against them after testing the samples.

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