Clean Drinking Water & Rivers Are Key to Our Sustainable Future

AGRA: In a world where the water crisis is increasing dramatically, cities are seeing dire shortage of clean drinking water and wastewater further contaminates available fresh water sources, the inauguration of three Pi-Lo & Parmarth Smart Free RO drinking water services at Taj Mahal West Gate and the second and third machine would be installed today at Agra Fort & District Hospital, Agra brought a light of hope and a call to action.

It was also decided that four major temples of the city would also be equipped with these machines soon.

In the graceful presence of the Hon’ble Governor of Uttarakhand Smt Baby Rani Mauryaji and HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President, Parmarth Niketan the inauguration took place first at Taj Mahal West Gate, with the second system at Agra Fort and third at the District Hospital, Agra.

Upon identifying that access to potable drinking water is still a far cry across India, Pi-Lo Shudh Pani Seva Foundation, Parmarth Niketan and the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance decided to work towards eliminating its two main causes – availability and affordability of drinking water. To cater to this immediate concern of common people, the PiLo Pani Foundation has successfully installed water ATMs at various popular pilgrimage & tourist locations of India such as Humanyun Tomb, Fatehpur Sikri, Red Fort, Safdarjung Tomb, Qutub Minar, Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh), Old Fort amongst many others.

The initiative also successfully provided plastic free clean drinking water services throughout the Prayagraj Kumbh Mela in partnership with Reckitt Benckisser, LIC and other banks, corporates and sponsorship partners.

The Hon’ble Governor of Uttarakhand Smt Baby Rani Mauryaji stated, “I am deeply appreciative of this great initiative of Parmarth Niketan and Pi-Lo Pani Foundation. Agra will be indebted to these services. I also appeal to the people to join these efforts, conserving and protecting our precious water resources. Let us be sure to plant trees during upcoming monsoon season and to protect the ones we have to green our cities and recharge the fast dwindling groundwater. We all have to be part of the solution.”

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan, Co-Founder of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance shared, “The Water Crisis is real and we are beginning to see it in Chennai and many other cities and towns of India. Without water there is no tourism, no livelihoods and no life. Protecting water therefore and ensuring access to safe and affordable water is critical. These Pi-Lo and Parmarth Water Systems not only provide clean water to countless pilgrims but also ensure a plastic free and zero waste India.”

Mr. Jatin Ahlawat, Co-Founder, Pi- Lo Shudh Pani Seva Foundation said, “It was a heartfelt moment to see local crowd and tourists queued at our water systems and I am glad that we are serving some of the major tourist & pilgrimage locations across India providing clean water to thousands of pilgrims every day. In the future as well, we shall continue to install more Smart Water ATM in pan India location to ensure drinking water will no more be a far cry for common people.”

Present on the occasion was Pujya Swami Paramadvaitiji of Germany with his South American disciples Ambica, Parvati, Vrindavan and others. His disciples were dressed as the rivers to envoke a human touch and awareness that our rivers are alive and demand the same rights as human and living beings.

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