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Grameen Veolia launches water treatment plant at Goalmari

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Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus speaks at the inaugural ceremony of the first water treatment plant of Grameen Veolia Water Ltd. at Goalmari on Wednesday. Health Minister AFM Ruhul Haque inaugurated the plant as the chief guest. Photo: Grameen Veolia Water

Grameen Veolia Water Ltd. launched its first water treatment plant at Goalmari village in Daudkandi, Comilla, on Wednesday.
Health Minister Dr AFM Ruhul Haque inaugurated the plant as the chief guest. Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus, chairman of Grameen Veolia Water Ltd, Subed Ali Bhuiyan MP and Antoine Frerot, CEO of Veolia Water, were present on the occasion.
The initiative has been taken following the signing of an agreement between Grameen Bank and Veolia Water, a leading water services company in the world, to provide safe water at a low cost to people living in arsenic-affected areas.
Speaking on the occasion, Health Minister AFM Ruhul Haque lauded the role of Veolia Water in establishing the water treatment plant in this arsenic-affected area.
Prof Muhammad Yunus said about five crore people in different areas of the country are affected by arsenic contamination of water like in Goalmari.
From this point of view, it can be said that people of this village are lucky as they would get pure drinking water from now on, he added.
About the price of water, Prof Yunus said the price has been kept to a minimum considering the condition of consumers. Grameen Veolia works as a social business. The aim of the company is not the maximisation of profit.
He also hoped that more such plants will be established in other arsenic-affected areas in the future.

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