Citizens going for dinner at the many eateries on Church Street have to tread carefully as parts of the street are filled with water even if it is not raining. And this is the precious rainwater which the authorities have been claiming to harvest, especially this year. And why not, when the water shortage in previous years was conveniently blamed on the rain gods.
"We don't have enough water for daily use here; we need to call water tankers, and there's clean water flowing out onto the road whenever it rains," said Shanta Kumari, branch manager of a bank on Church Street.
Although she contacted the owner of the building and suggested they store the water for use about two months ago, they haven't acted upon it.
Pankaj R and Piyush Lunia, who have a shoe store at the ground level of the building pump excess water out, which flows onto the road and into the storm water drain. They claimed that following heavy rains this year, the water table around the MG Road-Church Street area has risen. This water, according to them, begins to flood basements of the buildings there 'as Church Street is at a lower level than MG Road'.
"Every time it rains, we are forced to pump out around 1,500 litres of water," said Pankaj and added that they are looking for a more environmentally friendly solution that is feasible.
"We were told that we had to get a purifier and pump it up to the tank as the water is hard, but it's too expensive a procedure for us right now," added Lunia.
And same are the woes of many who own shops on the road.
Some claimed that the water becomes 'too stale' for consumption after a few days, while the others said that rain water is 'impure'. And this is considering the fact that most of these eateries have built-in toilets.
While water experts in the city have been emphasising on the importance of rainwater harvesting, there are those who believe that nothing can be gained from it.
When contacted, the corporator of the area V Shivkumar blamed the people for not knowing enough about rain water harvesting.
"Even though we have made it compulsory in new buildings, the old buildings are the issue," he said and promised that the water issue would be solved by next year.