New Years may come and go, but for Aisha and her lot in Ejipura’s slum near Koramangala in south Bangalore, getting water is an ordeal each day. In a world where jobs matter for everything, she had to leave hers.
Bengaluru now gets 1400 million litres of Cauvery water daily, but hardly any of this reaches the poor, though they are ready to pay. Slum dwellers wait for hours for the water to come, or spend hefty amounts to buy it.
As if persistent warning bells were not enough, in a new study, city based geologists are showing that the region’s groundwater table may be sucked dry soon, and over 2.4 million citizens may be stranded.
Borewell digging goes on without any check by the authorities and since the water that comes from a borewell is ‘free’ why should anyone be careful using it is the attitude. There is a need to replenish aquifers as it is finite and the best method found so far is RWH.