Staff Reporter

Bangalore: Although Mayor S.K. Nataraj promised to supply water to the affected areas within 72 hours during the first Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Council meeting held on April 30, residents of most areas are still struggling for the precious commodity.

“We only heard that the water board will supply water to our areas in tankers as we are still getting water in trickles. But till today, not a single tanker has come to our area. We are planning to buy a tanker on Thursday,” said G.R. Sharadamma, a resident of Srinivasanagar.

Luxury

“Having a daily bath has become a luxury these days. Most of us cannot afford to bathe even thrice a week as we have to buy water every day for our daily needs. We pay Re. 1 for a pot of borewell water and Rs. 5 for a pot of drinking water. Some people bring it from the neighbouring Davis Road and sell. We are yet to get any tanker supply,” said V. Murthy, a resident of Devarajeevanahalli (D.J. Halli) Main Road.

Condemning the Mayor for making false promises, the Opposition Congress in the BBMP Council led by M. Nagaraj has asked the Mayor to fulfil the promises made.

Deadline

“Although the 72-hour deadline got over on Monday, the city's water supply is still dry,” Mr. Nagaraj has said in a statement.

BWSSB Chief Engineer (Maintenance) T. Venkataraju said the board had started hiring private tankers to supply water in worst affected areas.

“We have approved the price of Rs. 1,650 per tanker for supply each day. We are hiring 10 tankers at the moment and will increase as and when the demand increases,” he said.

Meanwhile, the board is planning to extend the May 27 deadline for implementing rainwater harvesting in the existing buildings.

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