While the water situation of Bengaluru has been a constant worry for the citizens, the issue has now become to unnerve even the officers of the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB). A special meeting was held by the BBMP and the BWSSB on 18th November, to discuss the matter.

 

 

Tushar Girinath, Chairman of the BWSSB, had called for the joint meeting of top officers of the BWSSB, the BBMP and the Corporators of many city wards. In the meeting, which was sparsely attended, Corporators accused the officers, alleging that they had failed to maintain the city's water supply and sewage system. They urged BWSSB officers to regularly attend Corporator meetings on water problems.

 

 

Responding to the allegations, Tushar Girinath said that the board was taking every measure to face the water shortage problem, which he said was likely to erupt in the month of January and continue till May 2018.

 

 

"The city requires 1375 MLD (Million Litres per day) water every day, and it is a challenge for the BWSSB to supply that much water. BWSSB owns 7920 bore wells in the city. We are ready to maintain bore wells that belong to the BBMP also. The Board is also planning to have a contract with the owners of private water tankers," he said.

 

 

The board has estimated that only 300 MLD of water being pumped by the water board has been accountable, while the remaining water is going waste or being used illegally.

 

 

Tushar Girinath also said that the Water Board has planned to initiate around 110 water processing units of 129 MLD capacity. This work will be completed by the end of 2017.

 

 

Mayor G Padmavati, Deputy Mayor M Anand and N Manjunath Prasad, BBMP commissioner were present in the meeting.