Bengaluru water crisis: ‘No water to bathe, long queues’, say residents of RR Nagar amid water woes

Bengaluru is facing a steep water crisis as borewells in many areas of the city have dried up. The residents are dependent on water tankers for their daily chores which often charge exorbitant amounts.

India Today TV spoke to residents of RR Nagar who said they have to stand in long queues to get water.

“There is a water problem throughout Pattanagere in RR Nagar. There’s no one to speak to us. If we take more than one pot, they (authorities) send us back,” said Chikkalappa, a resident.

“They won’t even let children be with us. They ask who the child is. If we say it’s our child, they send them back,” she added.

Chikkalappa said there are six members in her family. “Water isn’t enough. We have to adjust and manage,” she said.

“I am 71 years old. I have to stand in a queue. I need to get water before children go to school,” she said.

Another resident from Pattanagere said, “We don’t have water for bathing, to give to our cows for drinking. We have one pot of water for the five of us. It’s not enough.”

“For cooking, we use corporation water. We filter the water and drink it, boil it and manage,” the person said.

Divya, a resident of RR Nagar, said, “There is water scarcity for more than three months. Every day, we call BWSSB (Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board) engineer.”

“I come to RO plant for drinking water every day. Only one can is allowed per person. We have to stand for hours,” she added.

Divya also highlighted that private tankers, who were charging around Rs 600-1,000 per can, are now charging more than Rs 2,000.

Divya said that after the government asked the private tankers to reduce their price, they stopped coming to their area.

“Every day, I am sending emails to the government but to no avail,” said Divya.

Published By:

Rishabh Sharma

Published On:

Mar 6, 2024

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