Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Water problems of Dasarahalli area

Water problems of Dasarahalli area
Even one and half years after merging Dasarahalli City Municipal Council (CMC) with the then Bangalore Mahanagara Palike - presently Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) - it is not in a position to supply drinking water
to the town.

Water was being supplied through borewells to Dasarahalli when it was a CMC. The same is continued even today. Also, the water supply is not regular in some areas, as the supply contractor has not paid salary to Srinivas, the personnel who is in charge of supplying water, for the past five months.

Srinivas said, “Earlier, when Dasarahalli was a CMC, they used to pay me regularly. Now, contractors have not paid me for the past five months. Yet, I am supplying water to the area whenever I am free.” Satish, a resident of Kereangala Road in Dasarahalli, said that the borewell water that is being supplied is saline and sticky. The residents of Kereangala Road buy drinking water from private suppliers by paying Rs 1.50 per pot. Shiva, a shop-owner said, “the drinking water we buy smells bad if we store it for more than a day. We somehow manage to drink the same water.” Local doctor M B Patil claimed that most residents of the area drink only boiled water. Therefore, the number of cases of water-borne diseases have come down. Yet, diseases like typhoid keep affecting the people quite often, he added.

A senior BWSSB official on condition of anonymity said, “At present, we do not have sufficient water to supply to the newly added areas. We are already in the process of laying pipelines to Dasarahalli. We will get an additional 500 MLD in 2011 after the completion of the II phase of Cauvery IV stage and we will then supply water to all the newly added are.

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