Yes Bank, a private lender, has joined hands with the Indian Railways to provide safe and clean drinking water by setting up 1,000 community water purification systems across railway stations in the country by 2019.
In the first phase of the project, the bank will set up 100 such systems across D’ and ‘E’ category railway stations in the Konkan belt and other locations in Maharashtra by March 2016.
The initiative will be rolled out at the smaller stations, which have basic water connection and observe an average footfall of 1000 passengers per day. Close to 50 such systems have been already installed across the Konkan region as of now.
The project boasts of ‘no reject water’ and minimal electricity consumption for water purification thus reinforcing the bank’s sustainability focus.
“This initiative is in sync with the Government’s vision to make safe and clean drinking water accessible to everyone and its resolve to modernize railway stations. Our aim is to aid the existing efforts undertaken by the Government and ensure a high socio-economic impact through community led interventions, ” Namita Vikas, group president and country head, responsible banking, Yes Bank said.
In 2014-15, Yes Bank had provided access to safe and clean drinking water to 62,500 individuals through household and community water purification systems across rural Maharashtra.