The growing water crisis in Bangalore took another form with residents of Bommanahalli taking to the streets.Nearly two lakh people residing in different areas in Bommanahalli zone of BBMP such as Hongasandra, Chikkanahalli, Billekahlli, Garvebhavipalya, Vajpayeenagar and Shanthi Layout, had not received water for the last few months.To have the authorities pay heed to their grievances, the residents under the banner of Nagarilka Hitarakshana Vedike held up traffic on the busy Hosur Road for about 40 minutes, Lingaraju, member of the vedike, told The Hindu . 'We have been reduced to standing around as beggars and waiting for water late into the night. But it has not come for the past three months now,' said Gladys Perriera, a resident of Vajpayee Nagar and member of Democratic Youth Forum of India (DYFI)."
The poor are hit the hardest, with one pot of drinking water costing them a minimum of Rs. 2.
According to Mr. Lingaraju, the erstwhile Bommanahalli City Municipal Council (CMC) used to provide water to the residents through borewells it had dug. But indiscriminate drilling of borewells by private water suppliers reduced the availability in the CMC's borewells, he said.
"Many private water suppliers have drilled borewells up to 1,000 feet while most CMC borewells are about 300 to 500 feet deep," he said.
Friday, April 13, 2007
The Hindu : Karnataka / Bangalore News : Residents block Hosur Road demanding water supply: "