City SP Anoop Birtharay (centre) with Marwari Yuva Manch members at the peeyau launch at Kotwali police station in Ranchi on Tuesday. (Hardeep Singh)
The mercury mayhem, which ended with weekend showers, brought out the kinder side of Ranchi residents.
Members of Marwari Yuva Manch — a voluntary organisation of Marwari youths — have set up a peeyau or drinking water kiosk on the premises of Kotwali thana.
Superintendent of police (city) Anoop Birtharay inaugurated the facility amid intermittent rain around 11am on Tuesday. Apart from a few constables, residents and passers-by attended the small ceremony.
The Rs 1.5-lakh facility, named Amritdhara, has two tanks — a 600-litre overhead one and a 300-litre on the ground — and two taps. A chiller plant of 30-litre capacity has also been attached with the overhead tank to keep the water cold.
But Ranchi’s experience with peeyaus has been rather unpleasant. As many as 40 such drinking water kiosks exist in the state capital, but most of them are not maintained properly and run dry during peak summer.
When asked about how they would ensure constant supply of water at the police station kiosk, vice-president of Marwari Yuva Manch Vishnu Prasad said: “A supply line has been attached to the ground tank. The arrangement has been made in such a way that once water is collected in the ground tank, it will be pumped up into the overhead tank, where it will remain stored. Thus, there can never be shortage of supply.”
What about cleanliness and quality of water?
Prasad said a man had been assigned the task of cleaning the overhead as well as the ground tanks every day with the help of bleaching powder to ensure pure water reaches the thirsty.
Inaugurating the peeyau, Birtharay lauded the efforts of the Marwari Yuva Manch members.
“The drinking water kiosk will be of great help. Apart from constables and officers at the police station, those visiting the thana can also have water from it,” he added.