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BWSSB to provide water, sanitation to 96 slums

Bangalore, Nov 16, 2012, DHNS :

Rs 39-crore project to be implemented with aid from Japanese agency

Slums in the core areas of the City have been selected for the project. DH Photo

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board is all set to take up a project to supply water and provide sanitation to slums in the City, early next year.

As many as 96 of the 362 slums have been selected for the first phase of the project.

Speaking at a public consultation here on Friday, Narayana, Chief Engineer, Cauvery Project, BWSSB, said providing water and sanitation to slums were part of the JICA (Japan International  Co-operation Agency) project.

A sum of Rs 39 crore will be spent on laying pipelines and installing meters at 96 slums located in the core areas of the City.

Civic Bangalore, a non-governmental organisation, conducted a study in 15 slums in the City and the details of the study were shared at the public consultation.

The study found that WATSAN (water and sanitation) committee, a group of local people appointed to monitor the project, was unaware of the details of the project.
 
Slumdwellers from Lingrajapuram, who participated in the meeting, poured out their woes on water shortage.

“We have been complaining to the local officials about the water crisis, but there is no one to address our issues.  We have staged protests, which have not yielded any results,” Janakamma, a slumdweller said.

Another resident, Muthi, said that officers visit their place when the residents protest, but remain inaccessible to their phone calls whenever they wanted to lodge complaints.

Ramachandrappa, a resident of Peenya, literally wept over the water crisis in his area.
“We are in the process of availing new connections and plumbers are demanding Rs 5,000 to provide connection.

A majority of people residing in Peenya work in industries or garments factories and they cannot afford to pay such a huge sum,” he said.

“All these slums are within the City and we will provide authorised connection with a proper piping system. Most of the water problems are expected to be solved once the project gets completed by the end of next year,” Narayana said. 

Referring to valvemen and water tanker mafia, Narayan said the onus was on the people to discourage them by obtaining water connections through proper channel.

Free water


T Venkataraju, engineer-in-chief said that at present, the slumdwellers were getting free water supply since there was no metering system.

“Many have unauthorised connections and they have even fixed motors to the main lines to draw water.

This way there is unequal distribution of water and hence the residents are facing water crisis. It is advisable for people to avail authorised connection by filling in the application forms and metering their water supply consumption,” he said.

At present, many slums in the City have water and sanitary pipelines which have crisscrossed leading to water contamination in the area. Venkataraju said water contamination can be curbed by having proper water supply lines.


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