When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits India later this month, he will have a special gift for his “friend” Narendra Modi – the water desalination and purification jeep the two leaders rode during the their sea sojourn on Olga beach last year.
Netanyahu and Modi had waded into the Mediterranean Sea and ridden the “buggy” jeep on the coast during the Indian Prime Minister’s visit to Israel last July.
As Netanyahu prepares for his four-day visit to India beginning on January 14, sources in Jerusalem confirmed that the jeep had “indeed” left for India and “would be arriving on time” to be presented by the Israeli Prime Minister to Modi.
The Gal-Mobile jeep is said to cost around 390,000 shekels (Rs 70.3 lakh).
Modi and Netanyahu had together witnessed a demonstration of the sea water purification technology pioneered by Israel at a water desalination unit on the Olga beach during the Indian Prime Minister’s visit to Israel.
“I am thankful to Bibi (Netanyahu) because the vehicle which I saw today, particularly during a natural calamity when people are suffering (shortage of) drinking water… can provide drinking water,” Modi had said after the demonstration.
Gal-Mobile is an independent, integrated water purification vehicle designed to produce high-quality drinking water. It can be useful during natural disasters like floods and earthquakes and on difficult terrain and in rural areas to provide drinking water.
It can purify up to 20,000 litres of sea water per day and 80,000 litres per day of brackish/muddy or contaminated river water and bring it to WHO standards.
The camaraderie between Modi and Netanyahu the two leaders was on full display as they spent some time on the beach and had a long chat standing ankle-deep in the sea water with waves rippling across their feet.
“There’s nothing like going to the beach with friends!” Netanyahu had later tweeted.
The two leaders later drove together in the mobile water desalination unit, which looked like a dune buggy, and sipped desalinated water from wine glasses, raising a toast.