No new water connections till 2011

No new water connections till 2011

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has decided not to sanction fresh water connections to multi-storeyed residential and commercial apartments within its limits till 2011 end. The reason they have come up with is severe water scarcity.

However, the BWSSB will continue to sanction new connections to single unit residential building in its limits. The board is presently supplying water to about 125 wards of the BBMP (old 100 BMP wards and 25 other wards falling in the newly added areas of BBMP).

The new decision has come into effect from May 2010. All applications seeking fresh water connections after May 2010 will be kept pending. Those who buy flats in the BWSSB limits will have to take care of their need for water, Minister in charge of Banaglore water supply Katta Subramanya Naidu told reporters on Tuesday.

The BWSSB receives an average 200 applications for new connections every month.
The BWSSB has been pumping 860 million litre per day (MLD) of water every day from the river Cavery to Bangalore since 2002. “Then (in 2002), the total consumers of the BWSSB was 2.90 lakh. Today, it is 6.10 lakh. Hence, there is severe scarcity of water,” officials pointed out.

Naidu said the problem will ease by the end of next year as the work on ongoing Cauvery IV stage, II phase project will be completed.

“Nearly 25 per cent of the work is already over. By November 2011, the project will be completed, and Bangalore will get additional 500 MLD of water. From 2012, we will start sanctioning fresh connections. Besides, water supply connections will be provided to all the newly-added areas of BBMP also,” he added.

In the absence of BWSSB supply, people occupying new flats and commercial complexes will have to depend on either private tanker supply or borewells or packaged water.

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