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Bengal to launch 200 water ATMs

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Kolkata: As many as 200 ‘water ATMs’ or water vending machines will be set up across the city and its suburbs starting this Durga puja, a minister said on Friday.

Panchayat and Public Health Engineering Department Minister Subrata Mukherjee on Thursday evening launched the city’s first drinking water ATM at the Ekdalia Evergreen Club pandal.

“Now we will launch 200 such ATMs across Kolkata and its surrounding areas. Later on, we will take it across the state,” Mukherjee told IANS.

A litre of portable water has been priced at Rs 2 which will enable all sections of society to access clean drinking water by inserting coins. The initiative is part of the state’s ‘Pran Dhara’ packaged drinking water project.

(IANS)

 

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Kolkata Showcases in Top 100 Global Travel Destinations

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Whiteways and Laidlaw Building in Kolkata. Wikimedia

Oct 2, 2017: Kolkata is featured in the top 100 travel destinations globally alongside other Indian cities namely, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, and Bengaluru, as indicated by Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index 2017.

Chennai stands out in India, other than emerging among the top 10 destinations in Asia Pacific when it comes to overnight visitor arrivals.

Travel and tourism in India is on the rise, an authority of a main travel house in the city told PTI.

Durga Puja festival in Kolkata is a major attraction for foreigners with at least two- to three-day stay, he said.

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According to the Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index 2017, there are no indications of the slowdown in travel and tourism in Asia Pacific with the region dominating visitor arrivals.

This is additionally affirmed with the main 10 cities in Asia Pacific destinations tracking the most noteworthy amount of global overnight visitor spending. Bringing USD 91.16 billion in travel use in 2016, Asia Pacific outpaced Europe (USD74.74 billion USD) and North America (USD55.02 billion), MasterCard said in an announcement.

Prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94

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