Thursday, November 29, 2007

Taps run dry, tanker rates touch the sky

Taps run dry, tanker rates touch the sky

Bangalore: Those living in Hanumanagar, Someshwaranagar, Srikanteshwaranagar, Thippasandra or Domlur understand the gravity of the water shutdown better than most others. Mahadev M N and other residents of Ganesha Block in Mahalakshmi Layout depend on their neighbours’ sumps for water. “We haven’t received water for three days. How can we store water for the next three days? Many residents have also called tankers, but it’s costing us a heavy sum. BWSSB should have made alternative arrangements,’’ he said.
Hemalatha Devanga of Someshwaranagar says community borewell in her area has dried up. “How many houses can store water in sumps? We have no choice but to depend on tankers, and most of us are apprehensive about the quality of water.’’
Developed areas like Hanumanagar in Jeevanbimanagar haven’t been spared either. Water is supplied here once in three days, and at best for an hour. Fortunately, given the early warning, some residents called tankers and made arrangements for the week. Not everybody is as lucky in this area, said R L Nathan of J B Nagar III Stage.
Jayakumar, a businessman of the same area, added: “Water suppliers are acting pricey. Since there was no pressure in the past two days, we couldn’t store any water. I was charged Rs 450 for one tanker load.’’
In some parts of Rajajinagar, there’s been no water supply since Sunday and residents could not store water as there was no supply even on Tuesday, complained N Radhakrishna. Supply will resume on Dec. 1
Bangalore: Will water be restored after the promised deadline? That’s the question citizens are asking.
Here’s the work status at the project site. The plan was to stop water supply early on Tuesday morning, so that work could be started on linking the new supply
line to the Cauvery water supply at T K Halli on Wednesday.
“There should be no trace of water when the existing pipeline is cut, and then welded with the new pipeline. Else, the welding won’t hold. But water kept flowing into Bangalore till late Wednesday morning and this has delayed the work by a few hours. We plan to finish linking by tomorrow morning,’’ said BWSSB officials working at the T K Halli reservoir plant, where work is going on at the 1915-mm gravity main of Cauvery Water Supply Scheme, Stage IV, Phase II.
Officials said once the pipes are fixed, water supply will resume. It will take over 24 hours to fill up all the ground level reservoirs across the city. “If all goes well, water supply to consumers will resume from December 1,’’ said officials.
In hot water
Watch out, your solar heaters and geysers could be damaged. Since these need an uninterrupted water flow from overhead tanks, lack of sufficient back-up might harm these devices.
Women demand BWSSB supply
They pay as much as Rs 3 per bucket they collect from taps installed 3 km away. Now, their patience has reached breaking point.
Around 200 women from slums in Yelahanka made their voice heard in front of the BWSSB office on Wednesday. These members of Women’s Voice submitted a memorandum to the board chairperson and demanded water supply immediately.
“Only 28 areas have water connections. We want BWSSB to make arrangements to supply water through tankers at least,’’ said Shyamala, a member.
Water Adalats on Nov. 29, 30
BWSSB will conduct Water Adalats on November 29 and 30 from 9 am to 12 noon in the new BBMP areas, which will be provided with water supply in December. Water will be supplied to 72 wards in the 7 CMC areas, and details on the new connections and formalities will be given at these Water Adalats.
On November 29
Mahadevapura: Wards 1, 2, 10 at BBMP office White Field Road, Mahadevapura; Ward 12 at Government of Samyukta Poorva College, Hoody; Ward 14 at Basavanagar Government High School, White Field Road, Rajya Palya.
Krishnarajapura: Wards 6, 9, 10, 11 at Vikasa High School, Ramamurthinagar Main Road, Gurumurthy Reddy Layout; Ward 16 at Government High School, Devasandra.
Rajarajeshwarinagar: Wards 3-6 at Kuvempu Rangamandira, Health Layout, Annapurneshwarinagar; Wards 7-10 at Kanyakumar School ground, 80 Ft Ring Road, Mallathahalli; Ward 31 at Venkateshwara Temple Ground, Elachenahalli; Ward 30 at Kanakanagar, Indian Public School, Kanakanagar 6th Cross.
Dasarahalli: Ward 24 at R V English School, Ramaiah Layout, Peenya 2nd Stage; Ward 25 at Dr Rajkumar Playground, BFW Layout; Ward 26 at K M Geeta Kannada Middle School, Lakshmidevinagar.
Byatarayanapura: Wards 19, 15 at Tatanagar, Kshemabhivruddhi office, near water tank. Bommanahalli: Wards 19, 26 at Varasiddhi temple ground. Ward 27 at Vivekananda Govt Middle School, Puttenahalli Main Road.
On November 30
Mahadevapura: Ward 16 at Prashanthinagar Layout, White Field Main Road; Wards 25-26 at Cauvery School, Marathahalli.
Krishnarajapura: Ward 18 at Temple ground, Singayyapalya; Ward 22 at New Oxford School, Rajiv Gandhi Road, Shastrinagar; Ward 29 at Nivasi Kshemabhivruddhi Sangha, Pai Layout, Old Madras Road.
RR Nagar: Ward 16 at Sri Anjaneya Swami temple, Pramod Layout, BSK 3rd Stage; Ward 28 at Deodate Public School, Bikaasipura, Banashankari 6th Stage; Ward 29 at Ganesha temple road, Chikkalsandra Main Road.
Kengeri: Wards 1-7 at Samudaya Bhavan, Kengeri.
Dasarahalli: Ward 22 at Government Middle School, Nelagadharanahalli Circle; Ward 12 at Dasarahalli Nagarsabha office.
Byatarayanapura: Ward 4 at NTI Nivasi Kshemabhivruddhi Sangada office, Vidyaranyapura.
Yelahanka: Ward 1, 12, 14, 15, 20, 23, 24 at BWSSB office, Yelahanka.
Bommanahalli: Wards 28-29, behind Inchara Hotel, Sarakki, JP Nagar 6th Phase; Ward 30-31 at Jaraganahalli, Government Middle School, Kanakapura Main Road.


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