Look at this video. Rain water—rather more of a cesspool—greenish, smelly water—collected in an open abandoned granite mine, being filled in a “Drinking Water” tanker. The location is right next to RBD Stillwaters (next to Lakedew Lake/ Puravankara Skywoods), in Harlur near Parappana Agrahara Main Road and Kudlu Road, on the outskirts of Bengaluru.
Such tankers also deliver drinking water to many residential projects including apartments. They also deliver water for upcoming constructions in the nearby areas.
Banibrata Dutta, a concerned resident who lives in an apartment near Sarjapur Road, shot this video. He says: “Who knows, it could even be sold as drinking water! One can see a pile of garbage rotting right next to it… Sometimes some dead animals are also seen in this dump!”
Though the tanker is marked as ‘Drinking Water’ tank, it is possible that the blackish water is being sold to upcoming constructions. However, since nobody knows whether the tankers are cleaned after such use, Dutta says that same tanker used for this purpose and drinking water is not okay.
“Even if the water is not being supplied as drinking water but for construction purposes, the labourer families might be drinking this water,” he adds in his Facebook post.
“Unscrupulous businesses will always exist… and they thrive because there is a disproportionate demand. Unless the demand side is fixed, there will always be such problems on the supply side. Judicious usage of water with lifestyle change is perhaps the answer,” he opines.
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This is just an example. Day in and day out – almost 24 hours water tankers ply in and out from Belegere road – the road that connects from Bellandur railway station to varthur police station.