Palakkad: The Prison Department has decided to help the public in the scorching summer by offering drinking water. The department distributes water for Rs 10 per litre which costs Rs 20 outside.
The programme is implemented across the state. The state government’s ‘Hilly Aqua’ branded drinking water is distributed as part of the programme. The water bottles will be distributed by Palakkad District Jail authorities near Palakkad Fort from 10 am to 5 pm.
The water will be brought for distribution at Chittur, Alathur and Ottapalam sub jails in Palakkad district. About 840 cases of bottled water will be brought from Thrissur for this purpose. District jail Superintendent S. Sivadasan officially inaugurated the scheme.
The jail authorities are planning to extend the water distribution to other parts of the city due to impressive response from the first day itself and the high demand for water. However, the shortage of staff is a major crisis before them for extending the programme.