Bengaluru is headed for a severe drinking water crisis in the near future, warned Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara on Saturday while speaking at a civic grievance redressal event organised by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), reports Deccan Herald.
The Deputy CM said there are no assurances for future water supply to the ever-expanding city beyond the fifth stage of the Cauvery Water Supply Scheme, speaking at Janaspandana.
"The city is growing rapidly and may face water crises in the future," said Parameshwara, who also holds the Bengaluru Development portfolio. "We have to find a solution soon. People should start saving water to solve future crises," he added.
Water will be supplied to the city from a new plant set up at Thorekadanahalli and pumped to the Harohalli and Tataguni pumping stations aiming to build a comprehensive water and sewerage network to treat 775 ml of raw Cauvery water, according to the Cauvery Water Supply Scheme.
The water supply will be split among both the west and east side and would include 110 villages added to the BBMP limits in 2007.
"I am conducting a meeting with the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board officials to work out a solution for the water scarcity," said Parameshwara. "Under the Yettinahole drinking water project, Bengaluru will get only 2.5 TMC of water. We will, therefore, take up the project, worth Rs 280 crore, to revive the Thippagondanahalli reservoir and ensure supply to the city soon," he added.