The country’s third largest cell phone operator Robi provides safe drinking water for railway passengers.
The initiative was extremely timely and we are benefiting from it. Cellular phone operator Robi has done a great job for thousands of people, narrates Abdul Malek, a Rajshahi bound passenger while collecting safe drinking water from the Kamalapur Railway Station.
He said free safe drinking water was unusual in the city, which compelled people to buy bottled watet for drinking. “So, the initiative of providing free safe drinking is praiseworthy,” he concluded.
Inamul Huq, a passenger of Noakhali Upakul, said different countries in the world, even India, have facilities for safe drinking water. Now that Robi Axiata has introduced the service in our country we have free, safe, clean water which is very welcome.
He opined that the service should be ensured in every railway stations across the country, as only the divisional railway stations have such facilities at present.
Robi introduced the safe drinking water service in 2011 for the first time in the Kamalapur Railway station under its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative. Later, the service was introduce at Dhaka Airport Station and other divisional railway stations in phases.
Robi with assistance from International NGO WaterAid provides 5,000 liters of safe water daily at every station through which male, female and handicapped people can collect water from separate rows.
Mohiuddin Babar, Vice president of Robi (CSR & Sponsorship), said: “We are delighted and feel proud to be able to provide safe drinking water to over 2 crore people free of cost.”
The water that is being supplied from the plant is completely safe, as it is purified using ultra-violate light through the membrane filtration system. WaterAid periodically examines the water in a laboratory by collecting samples from the tank regularly to ensure the purity of the water.
Source: Robi PRESS RELEASE, For immediate release, Dhaka, 12 October 2013.