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A bunch of Chennai students are making Paani Genie, a 90-litre water container that can be rolled along. Sponsors can support the project for city slums. Vishal Menon

A bunch of youngsters from Chennai have got together to find a solution to the chronic water supply problem in the city. The group of 15 college students are making Paani Genie, a 90-litre plastic barrel that can be rolled on the ground with the help of a steel handle attached to it.

“A standard plastic pot holds 15-20 litres of water and, in most cases, women make multiple trips carrying two pots at a time to meet their family’s needs,” says Jay Puducheri, president of the Paani Genie company. “With Paani Genie, we want to reduce the trips and the physical labour.”

Inspired by the Hippo Water Roller Project in South Africa, the team is now making Paani Genies for supply to a village two hours outside Chennai.

The Hippo Roller is made of linear low-density polyethylene, but Paani Genie is being made with high density polyethylene to suit India’s rough terrain.

“We expect each roller to last three to five years. The idea was to create an all-terrain roller of high quality. Also, since we have no plans of giving it for free, we expect the users to take good care it and not treat it like a freebie.”

It takes Rs. 3,500 to make each Paani Genie, which is raised from individual, social-minded sponsors.

“We will hand over the rollers at a reasonable cost of Rs. 100 to a few people and observe its use. When limited to a small group, it will be easier to keep track. Also, it is important to note what they do with the roller, once water supply improves after summer.”

The team has no intention to patent the product.



VISHAL MENON



Paani Genie is being made with high density polyethylene to suit India’s rough terrain



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