Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Acute water shortage in Bangalore; even sewers run dry!

Bangalore woke up to its most acute water shortage problem in recent times, when the citizens discovered that even the sewers have dried up. Bangalore has multiple open air sewage canals through parts of the city, with roads being named Naala road (Naala means canal).

With an extremely poor monsoon in the previous year, most lakes had dried up. What was surprising however was that the only perennial water body in Bangalore - the sewer lines - had also dried up. The citizens and the Bangalore municipal corporation (BBMP) are at a loss on how to handle the situation. The BBMP said "We have water treatment plants in the city. Those used to satisfy a small portion of the city's water needs. Now even that is lost. We are not sure how to handle the situation; for now an ad hoc committee has been constituted".

Citizens are eagerly awaiting the BBMP's next steps.

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