As temperature skyrockets, Karnataka’s Gulbarga faces severe water crisis
The water crisis has reached a mammoth proportion. The natives of the city, around 630-km away from state capital Bengaluru, have to wait for two days for water tankers to arrive to get access to water. Most of the wells and local water bodies have run dry in Gulbarga.
The regular supply of water to houses too has almost stopped. In such a scenario, the locals heavily depend on water tankers to meet their daily requirements. But the demand of water is so high that the numbers of water tankers supplying water are not enough for the city.
People wait in long queues for their turn to buy water from tankers. Most of the women and children spend the whole day in queues to get their quota of water. "Water crisis has hit Karnataka's Gulbarga amidst soaring temperatures. Tankers arrive once every two days for residents of Garib Nawaz Colony," reported ANI.
Water crisis hits Karnataka's Gulbarga amidst soaring temperatures: Tankers arrive once every two days for residents of Garib Nawaz Colony. pic.twitter.com/Hx2NWzFOHp— ANI (@ANI_news) April 4, 2017
"The heat wave is intensifying. We don't know how much more temperature will rise in the coming days. Water provided is not sufficient for us," a resident of Gulbarga told ANI.
Heat wave intensifying, don't know how much more temperatures will rise in coming days. Water provided is not sufficient: Resident,Gulbarga pic.twitter.com/tltwJ0hRXW— ANI (@ANI_news) April 4, 2017
The maximum temperature in Gulbarga on Tuesday was 42 degrees Celsisus. "I appeal to the government to please help us. Every two days only one time water tanker comes to the area. The people and children stand in the queue for the whole day, but are not able to get sufficient water," said another resident of the city.
The Chief Minister Siddaramaiah-led Congress government had promised to tackle the water crisis issue of the city by using latest technologies to identity groundwater. However, nothing has been done so far, allege local residents. Because of rise in temperature and prevailing dry conditions, several parts of Karnataka are experiencing drought, hitting the farmers badly.