Bengaluru news: BWSSB to hold water adalat today to address supply and connection issues

Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board will organise a water adalat to address issues with water supply, billing, and connections. Bengaluru is facing an acute drinking water crisis due to rain deficiency, declining reservoir levels, and rapid urbanisation

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First Published28 Mar 2024
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The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) on Thursday will be organising a "water adalat" in several parts of the city between 9:30 am and 11 am.

The Bengaluru's water adalat will hear grievances related to waterbilling, delays in domestic connection, delays in water supply, and sanitary connection, among other issues.

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Consumers from the BWSSB's (South East)-3, (South East-6), (West-1)-3, (North West-5), North-2)-3, (South-1)-3, (South West-3), (South West-6) and (East-2)-4 sub-division can take part in water adalat.

Bengaluru is reeling from an acute drinking water crisis—a shortage of 500 million litres every day. The city's water shortage can be attributed to rain deficiency in Karnataka during last year's monsoon, a decline in reservoir level, and the loss of lakes due to rapid urbanisation.

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Recently, a PTI report mentioned that 22 families were fined 5,000 each for using potable water for non-essential purposes. Amid the city's water shortage, the BWSSB has restricted people from using potable water for non-essential purposes. The order was issued nearly two weeks ago, and the action was taken based on several complaints received by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board via social media.

According to BWSSB, it has collected a 1.1 lakh fine from 22 such households for flouting its order and using potable water for washing cars, gardening, and other non-essential purposes.

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Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has said that the state government has filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the Centre to immediately release grants under the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) to the state as drought-like conditions have developed in the region.

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CM Siddaramaiah said 48 lakh hectares of crops were damaged in Karnataka due to drought. He mentioned that while the state government has released 870 crore to combat the water crisis, the Centre has not disbursed a single penny to the state.

Notably, the current requirement for drinking water and commercial use in Bengaluru is 2,600 MLD, of which 1,450 MLD is being pumped from the Cauvery River and about 650 MLD from borewells. This leads to a shortage of 500 MLD water in the city.

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