Bangalore's water woes worsen, new CM gives assurance

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Bangalore, May 20: As the mercury heads north, the water crisis situation in Bangalore has worsened. Much of the city's drinking water is provided by Cauvery River but after the poor monsoon last year, the water in the Krishnarajasagara dam on the Cauvery has reached a dead storage level, making it difficult to supply water even in areas where the arrangement is done on alternate days.

Some people said they had last received water two weeks ago. People have to buy tankers of water at expensive prices to fulfil their needs.

Some upset citizens said the ministers should understand the situation themselves and find out a way to resolve the crisis. "We should not ask them to improve the situation. They should do it themselves. They also use water," they said.

D Gundu Rao, the food and civil supplies and consumer affairs department (independent charge) in the new Congress government in Karnataka said long-term solution is required the tricky situation.

He said rain-water harvesting and using less water are also important things to do for water is a limited commodity and can not be manufactured.

Film director Shekhar Kapur blamed unplanned urban growth and lack of regulation and proper pricing of water as the reasons behind the problem.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah assured that there will be no problem in drinking water in Bangalore, Mysore and other parts of the state.

Over 8 million people need 600 cusecs of daily water but the actual quantity supplied is just 280 cusecs.

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