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“Not Seen Such Drought In 3-4 A long time”: DK Shivakumar On Bengaluru Water Disaster

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“So to manage the state of affairs, we have now organized for tankers to produce water.”

Bengaluru:

Amid the acute water scarcity in Bengaluru, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister D Ok Shivakumar mentioned on Monday the State had not witnessed such a extreme drought up to now three-four many years, and the following two months are “very a lot essential.” 

The administration is making all efforts to handle the disaster and provide water to the residents, he mentioned, including, steps have been taken to manage the water “mafia” within the metropolis.

“Within the final 30-40 years we had not seen such drought; although there was drought earlier we had by no means declared such numerous taluks as drought-affected,” Shivakumar informed reporters right here.

Shivakumar, additionally in-charge of Bengaluru improvement, mentioned wherever Cauvery river water must be equipped within the metropolis, it’s being carried out, however out of 13,900-odd borewells in Bengaluru, about 6,900 have change into defunct.

“So to manage the state of affairs, we have now organized for tankers to produce water. Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and Bangalore Water Provide and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) are making all efforts on this regard,” he added.

Karnataka has declared drought in 223 out of 240 taluks, out of which 196 are categorised as severely drought affected.

Alleging that the opposition (BJP-JD(S) mix) was making an attempt to take pleasure in politics over the difficulty, Shivakumar mentioned the administration has on its half made efforts to manage the water “mafia”, and supply water by taking it from non-public borewells, and likewise charges have been mounted based mostly on distance travelled by the water tankers.

“A separate on-line system has been introduced in for this and officers have been appointed to supervise this,” he added.

Stating that the following two months are “very a lot essential,” Shivakumar, who can also be the Water Sources Minister, mentioned precedence is to make sure that there isn’t a wastage of water.

“(By implementing) Cauvery fifth stage (venture) — we are going to make all efforts to offer Cauvery water to 110 villages (round Bengaluru) on the earliest by Could final week,” he mentioned.

To manage the water “mafia”, greater than 1,500 non-public water tankers have registered to this point and time has been prolonged for others additionally to register until March 15, Shivakumar additional mentioned. Police, Regional Transport Workplace (RTO), BBMP and BWSSB will monitor it and there might be a board with registration quantity on tankers.

“Working illegally and charging exorbitantly Rs 5,000 or 6,000 (per tanker of water), such issues are occurring. To manage, its worth has been mounted based mostly on the space travelled,” he famous.

In Bengaluru, Ramanagara, Magadi, Doddaballapura, Hoskote and surrounding areas, there are irrigation borewells, he mentioned, including that “we have now taken a depend of them, to attract water from there if an emergency state of affairs arises.”

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