JKB’s ‘clean J&K initiative’: Jammu, Srinagar to get super sucker machines

Srinagar: In a significant development, J&K Bank has decided to donate four Super Sucker Machines, two each for twin capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar, bank spokesman said in a statement.
The state-of-the-art machines will be handed over to the respective Municipal Corporations (SMC & JMC) to set the tone for technology driven high-end sewer cleaning mechanism in the two main cities of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The statement added that the decision stems from the bank’s robust focus on Corporate Social Responsibility that among other things lays special emphasis on environment and hygiene.
The initiative has been influenced by the Prime Minister’s Swatch Bharat Abhiyan that calls for clean India, the statement added. The announcement to this effect was made by Mushtaq Ahmad, Chairman & CEO J&K Bank following its approval by the Bank’s Board of Directors in a meeting held here on Wednesday.
“We are committed to empowerment of people in all spheres of life. We believe better health & hygiene and clean and green environment are key to development of society on the whole”, Mushtaq Ahmad said.
“Making profits is what we espouse as a commercial organisation but sharing them with people is something that we see as an obligation and commitment to the people as a developmental and socially conscious corporate institution”, he added. Pertinently, the machines will be procured at a cost of around Rs 0.75 Cr each.
The machines will be used to de-silt small as well as large diameter sewers, clear them off blockages through high pressure suction mechanism in dry as well as deep sewers/ drains. Besides, they can clean sewer lines, storm drains, cess pits, septic tanks, where normally manual cleaning is impossible due to inhuman conditions and poisonous gases.