The Centre's bottled `Gangajal' is getting popular in Kerala. The Times of India reports that the plan has generated good response from the public in the state.
The plan for selling bottled water from the Ganga was started two weeks ago.
The report by TC Sreemol for ToI says that Kerala had received 549 bottles initially, but due to increase in demand, they have asked for 500 more bottles. In Kozhikode, 150 bottles were sold in a week.
The water from Gangotri is the costliest, with a 200ml bottle costing Rs 25, while a similar bottle from Rishikesh is priced at Rs 15.
India Post's Raghunathan, who heads business development in Kerala told ToI: â€œWe distribute the product to regional offices which in turn give the same to post offices. We will write to Delhi circle for more bottles after ascertaining the demand from post offices. â€œ
As per this plan, India Post officials in Uttarakhand collect water from Sivananda Ashram Ghat in Rishikesh and another ghat near Gangotri temple.
â€œWe collect 1,000 litres each day and send the same to Delhi for bottling. The water is presumed to be pure and so there is no need to purify it.â€œ Udai Krishna, chief postmaster general, Uttarakhand told ToI.
Officials from Kerala said that in many districts the stock has finished due to increased public demand.