The eastern part of the city has an unfortunate distinction — that of being the tail-end of the Cauvery water supply. The problem has a direct correlation to the Phase II of Cauvery Stage IV, which is expected to be completed only in early 2012. Until then, most areas here will continue to be left high and dry.

Presently, this part of the city receives about 85 mld (million litres per day) of water from the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB). Speaking to The Hindu, T. Venkatraju, Chief Engineer (Maintenance), BWSSB, readily accepted the shortage, which he said would alleviate once the Cauvery project is completed.

248 mld more

Late last year, the then BWSSB Minister Katta Subramanya Naidu had declared that the Rs. 2,600-crore project, claimed to be one of the largest in the country, would be completed in October 2011, ahead of the deadline.

Of the 500 mld that the city will get from it, 248 mld will be supplied to east Bangalore while 252 mld will go to those in west and north Bangalore.

There is one more aspect to east Bangalore's thirst. BWSSB officials attribute frequent interruptions in power supply as a major reason for the inconsistent water supply.

Mr. Venkatraju said that even a minute's power outage can be costly. “If power trips even for a minute, it takes almost three hours for us to restore water supply as we have to restart almost 60 pumps,” he explained.

BWSSB officials met Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited (KPTCL) officials recently in search of a solution that would solve a substantial percentage of problems related to water supply.

Senior KPTCL officials are said to have heeded to the request of the water board of giving uninterrupted power supply as far as possible, at least in areas where there are pumping stations.

“We have also requested the Chief Engineer of the East Division of Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited to look into the issue,” said Mr. Venkatraju.

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