Worry not, no drinking water problem in Bengaluru till May-end, says Development Minister George

He, however, said people should start using water judiciously from now itself.

Published: 03rd March 2017 04:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd March 2017 04:45 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Bengaluru Development Minister K J George on Thursday said that the city will not face any drinking water problems till May-end. 

He was speaking after chairing a meeting with city MLAs, MLCs, Mayor and ministers on the drinking water situation. 

He, however, said people should start using water judiciously from now itself. “Some of the leaders have suggested completely stopping private tankers, but if we stop them, some sections of people will be affected, especially on the city’s outskirts as they largely depend on tanker water,” he said. 
“If we see them overcharging or misusing, I will direct the BBMP and BWSSB officials to take action against them.’’ 

He has permitted sinking five new borewells in core areas and 10 in newly added zones. The government has also prepared to replace or repair malfunctioning borewell motors, and engineers concerned have to take this responsibility, he said. 

George was also optimistic that by 2021-end, the city will have sewage treatment plants with capacity to treat all its generated sewage.

BWSSB chairman Tushar Girinath said till May-end, 9.75 tmcft water is needed, and at present, 11.75 tmcft is available in all reservoirs, including Krishna Raja Sagar. 

He added that 2-3 tmcft water is lost during transmission. There are also 100 tankers to supply water wherever needed, he said adding that treated water will be sent for commercial and industrial purposes.

BWSSB chief engineer (wastewater management) Ramakrishna S M said the city generates 1,440 MLD (million litres per day) of sewage, and at present, there are 14 sewage treatment plants with 721 MLD capacity.

Under grants from the Japan International Cooperation Agency, 10 STPs with 336 MLD capacity are coming up under the mega city scheme, a few more are coming up with 440 MLD capacity, under the 
AMRUT scheme.

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