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Updated: May 23, 2013 11:32 IST

Water crisis continues as city falls short of 350 mld

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BWSSB officials said the situation is likely to stabilise in another 48 hours. File Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
BWSSB officials said the situation is likely to stabilise in another 48 hours. File Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Officials wait for reservoir level to rise to resume supply

Although the inflow of water from Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) dam and the Hemavathi river to Shiva Balancing Reservoir (SBR) — from where water is drawn to the city — has improved considerably, the water crisis continued to stress Bangaloreans on Monday.

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), which was so far drawing 1150 million litres of water per day (mld) through all the four stages of the Cauvery, is now drawing only 800 mld taking the shortage to 350 mld. Following Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s directions, Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Ltd. released nearly 1,200 cusecs from the KRS in the last two days and the Water Resources Department, a total of 5,300 cusecs from the Hemavathi in the last three days. However, not all this water has reached the Shiva Balancing Reservoir because of lack of pressure, encroachments and uneven surfaces en route. BWSSB officials said that the situation is likely to stabilise in another 48 hours once the KRS level is replenished.

Rationing on

The BWSSB has now started rationing water to ensure equitable supply. While pumps attached to the Cauvery 3 and 4 stages were shut down on Saturday and Sunday respectively, officials said that 15 pumps of the 1 and 2 stages were stopped on Monday.

“We are doing this to ensure that all areas are not affected simultaneously. Normal supply is likely to resume in the next two days after the water level at Shiva Balancing Reservoir increases,” an official said.

Private tankers

Cashing in on the unprecedented water crisis this year, private suppliers have almost doubled their rates, especially in east Bangalore where water shortage is a perennial problem.

In areas such as Malleswaram, the rate of a 4,000-litre tanker of water (Rs. 400 till a few days ago) has shot up to Rs. 700 and in Sanjaynagar, from Rs. 400 to Rs. 900, according to residents.

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It is amazing that cities with 10 million population are starved of water. The blame is squarely to be put at the Governments of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and the SC.
Tamil Nadu in particular is supposed to get rain from the mythical NE monsoon. I say mythical as there is no monsoon, just a couple of depressions. Yet it insists on growing rice and supplying it at Rs2-3/kg. It may make sense to pay farmers not to grow rice.
The most amazing is the SC who insist on Karnataka releasing water to grow rice in TN regardless of whether there is any or not.And the moronic water tribunal who calculated Bangalore's requirements based on 1990s data.
The Karnataka Government may have some excuse- but they should have stood firm and not released water for irrigation. We can import rice and sugar cane, but Bangalore cannot import water.
Finally it is high time that a review is made of the Cauvery order. It rains in Karnataka or does not, regardless Tamilian farmers have to grow rice.

Posted on: May 21, 2013 at 15:24 IST

Water problem is a huge problem India is still battling with basic water problem. All
citizens must be responsible with their water use but above all government must
make sure they foresee such crisis and take necessary actions beforhand rather than
fighting out crisis.

from:  Amit
Posted on: May 21, 2013 at 14:13 IST
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