BD Post Desk
Robi, one of the leading digital service providers of the country, has inaugurated a pure drinking water plant at the Cumilla railway station. This initiative was taken up under Robi’s Corporate Responsibility programme titled, “Nirapod Pani, Shustho Jibon”.
The project designed to contribute towards the national drive to meet the target of Sustainable Development Goal -6: Clean Water & Sanitation, said a press release.
Member of Parliament for Cumilla-6, A.K.M. Bhauddin Bahar inaugurated the water plant as the chief guest. Cumilla City Corporation’s Panel Mayor, Jamiruddin Khan Jampi, Cumilla Upazilla Chairman, Advocate Aminul Islam, Divisional Railway Manager/East, Bangladesh Railway, Chattogram, Md. Jahangir Hossain, General Secretary, Jagroto Manobikota, Tahsin Bahar Shuchona were present on the occasion as the special guests.
Robi’s Managing Director and CEO, Mahtab Uddin Ahmed, Head of Corporate and Regulatory, Shahed Alam, Cluster Market Director, Md. Mehedi Hasan, Regional Manager, Cumilla, Md. Iftakharul Alam along with other high officials from the company were present. Water Aid Bangladesh’s Director, Programmes and Policy Advocacy, Dr. Liakath Ali was also present, said a press release.
The water plant at the Cumilla railway station is capable of supplying 5,000 litres of pure drinking water. The water plant has separate places for men and women to access pure drinking water. Besides, provision has been kept for people with special needs to access this facility. Separate facilities are also there to help people to perform ablution for saying prayers.
With technical assistance from Water Aid, water will be purified using Membrane & UV filter. Furthermore, the regular maintenance of water quality will be ensured at the water plant through periodic testing in the recognized test-laboratories of the country, i.e. BUET, CUET, KUET, SUST and PWD.
A.K.M. Bhauddin said: “Today, we are ensuring pure drinking water for the people of Cumilla at the Cumilla Railway Station with a view to meet the corresponding Sustainable Development Goal. This only goes to show the level of thinking this nation has reached to ensure socio-development of the country. I would like to thank Robi for being part of this national drive through their corporate responsibility initiave.”
Speaking on the occasion Robi’s Managing Director and CEO, Mahtab Uddin Ahmed said: “Availability of pure drinking water in public places is a major concern for the travelers in the country. In order to address this problem, we have started setting up water treatment plants from 2010 with kind support from Bangladesh Railway and Water Aid Bangladesh. I can proudly say that this Corporate Responsibility initiative of ours is supporting thousands of commuters of Bangladesh Railway round the clock. With the inauguration of this facility at Cumilla railway station today, we feel our special relationship with the people of Cumilla has been further bolstered.”
Including the water plant at Cumilla railway station, Robi has so far set-up pure drinking water facility in nine major railway stations of the country. The eight other water plants are located at Kamalapur, Dhaka Airport, Chattogram, Khulna, Rakjshahi, Sylhet, Mymensingh and Mohanganj railway station.