Kerala govt. okays bottled drinking water unit near Malankara dam in Idukki

The Kerala Government has approved a proposal by the Kerala Irrigation Infrastructure Developmet Corporation (KIIDC) to set up a botled drinking water unit near the Malankara dam in Idukki district.
Briefing newspersons here yesterday after a meeting of his Cabinet, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said Rs 9.86 crore out of the Rs 10.15 crore provided in this year's budget for the project would be released soon.
The paid-up capital of KIIDC will be increased to Rs 10 crore from Rs 21, 11,600, he said.
The unit is expected to produce 9000 litres of bottled drinking water an hour. Buildings and other facilities for the project are being constructed and steps have been taken to install the necessary machinery through a tender process, he said.
The company hopes to start marketing its product under the "Hilly Aqua" brand name by February 2014.
"Providing clean drinking water at a low price is one of the prime considerations of the government. This will be possible through a company in the government sector. Currently, around 8 lakh litres of bottled drinking water are sold every day in the State with a turnover of Rs 60 crore per month," Mr Chandy added.



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