I read today a report on the woeful state of the City’s water infrastructure which states that “The Government of Karnataka will have to evacuate half of Bangalore in the next ten years, due to water scarcity, contamination of water and diseases.”
It goes on to say that “the groundwater in at least half of Bangalore is contaminated with sewage water. In 1790, a British captain had described Bangalore as the land of a thousand lakes. Today less than 200 of those 1000 lakes remain and are no more than sewage tanks. The sewage water contaminates the ground water and percolates into the borewells.”
Despite reports like this, the Government does not seem motivated to take any drastic action and the attitude of the average person towards water doesn’t change. It’s not just a problem confined to Bangalore but is prevalent in all the main cities here in India. While Mumbai City doesn’t have a water shortage the state of Maharastra (which Mumbai is the capital of) is suffering it’s worst drought in history. I read in the weekend paper about women in water-starved villages on the outskirts of Mumbai having to travel for an hour each way on the train to fetch water, even taking their dirty laundry with them to wash at whatever water source they find! Yet while sitting in a friends house at the weekend I look on in horror as the Bai (housemaid) comes in to wash the dishes and leaves the tap running for 20 minutes!
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