Daily Earnings: 210. Waterspend: Rs 40

Published: 21st April 2016 05:36 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st April 2016 05:36 AM   |  A+A-

Daily Earnings

BHUBANESWAR: Twenty-eight-year-old Sridhar Sahoo’s only source of livelihood is the construction site near the Heads of Departments office in Bhubaneswar. Even in the scorching heat, he cannot afford to forgo a day’s work. And this summer, he is having to fork out a major part of his day’s earnings on buying water.

Sahoo makes Rs 210 a day but spends about Rs 40 on water sachets. That holds true for most working class people in urban and rural Odisha.

In urban pockets, Sridhar and his ilk manage to mix and match. Apart from water sachets, they shell out on buttermilk, pudina (mint) water and sugarcane juice. But a glass of sugarcane juice comes at Rs 10 while pudina water is available for Rs 5.

In rural Odisha though, the water sachet rules.

Needless to mention, makers of water sachets are hearing their cash registers ring. In Cuttack, where there are half a dozen such units, each firm manages to sell between three lakh and five lakh pouches.

The bigger producers make much more. On an average, a whopping 50 lakh pouches have been sold during March and April.

“We sell them in plastic bags, each one containing 100 pouches. A majority of these are sold in the small towns and villages,” said one producer. Taking advantage of the demand, illegal operators too have surfaced.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp