The Indian Railways has said that it aims to cut down its water bill and save up to Rs 400 crore annually with a roadmap for buying recycled water from private players. As per reports, with the dual aim of conserving the precious resource and reducing its consumption, the Railways will unveil its water policy, a first for the national transporter, for extensive use of treated water from water treatment plants for non-drinking purposes.
As per reports, the Indian Railways Water Policy, expected to be rolled out on March 22 (World Water Day), will spell out the way forward for all the railway zones including colonies, hospitals, factories, workshops and training centres to achieve the goal of reduced consumption and increased use of recycled water.
Currently, the Railways buys water from the states and its water bill is about Rs 4,000 crore a year. The policy has drawn out a detailed framework for setting up water treatment plants with private participation to generate an adequate amount of treated water for non-potable purposes.