Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa (in pic) on Friday announced that state transport corporations will set up mineral water plants and sell bottled water at Rs 10 per litre.
In a statement issued, Jayalalithaa said: “In order to provide safe drinking water at cheap rates on behalf of state transport corporations, Amma Mineral Water plants will be set up state wide.”
She said the first plant will be set up at Gummidipoondi on the outskirts of the state capital with a capacity of three lakh litres per day. This plant is expected to start operations by September 15.
According to Jayalalithaa, the bottled water will be sold in long-distance buses and at bus stands.
She said the transport corporations will sell a bottle of water at Rs 10 while the Railways and private players have priced their water bottles at Rs 15 and Rs 20 per litre respectively.
According to Jayalalithaa, her government has opened Amma Canteens at several places in the state which sell food items at cheap rates.
Recently, the government also opened vegetable shops supplying produce cheaper than at other places. There are 31 such shops in the state capital and its suburbs, she said.
Rs 1 idlis, a super hit
Jayalalithaa launched a line of low-cost canteens. Idlis at Re 1 each, sambar-rice at Rs 5 -- the Chennai Municipal Corporation-run canteens have seen hundreds flock since they opened on February 19.