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Golahalli Panchayat to control water wastage in wake of Cauvery Issue

Water overflowing at Devagere,Bangalore

Mohitjeet Virk

Bangalore, 29 Sept: In the wake of Cauvery dispute amongst Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, the Golahalli Gram Panchayat has decided to limit the water supply to control water wastage.

Under the Golahalli Panchayat’s jurisdiction, there are 68 water tanks with the capacity of 4000-5000 litres come. Two lakh litres of water is supplied by the Panchayat every day. “We have brought down the water wastage from 50% to 20%, still thousands of litres of water goes waste as the tanks overflow.” said the Golahalli Panchayat Development Officer N. Munichickiah. He added that the wasted water goes into the drainage system which is connected to the Vrishabhavathi River which has been used by Bangalore city for dumping sewage and industrial waste for years.

Rudramma a resident of Nityananda Nagar said ,“These water tanks get supply twice a day, At least 10 litres of water overflows out of the tank every time water supply is turned on.” The Gram Panchayat blames the residents for the wastage as water tanks have been fitted with a valve to cut off the supply but no one turns its off.

Pawan from Devagere said “All the extra water flows out in the drains which are clogged most of the times as they are cleaned only once in six months.”

The Gram Panchayat administration has decided to bring down the water supply from two lakh litres to one lakh fifty thousand litres. N. Munichickiah, The PDO officer, said “We are going to bring down the water supply by 50 thousand litres and we’re going to check for wastage after that. If required we will bring down the supply furthermore.” Adhering to the Swachh Bharat campaign the Panchayat also plans to repaint and clean the tanks next week.

As per a research paper by Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore “Bangalore has lost 79% of its water bodies during last 40 years. The population has gone up 150% in last 25 years and the city will be unlivable in next 5 years.” Convener of Environmental Information System at Centre for Ecological Sciences Dr. T.V. Ramachandra Ph.D. Ecology said “The city has seen senseless, rapid growth over the years. The natural water bodies have been depleted by dumping of sewage and industrial waste. Ground water exploitation for drinking and agricultural purposes further worsens the condition. Immediate planning is required to preserve water and control water pollution caused by waste disposal.”



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