Bengaluru, once known as the garden city of India has hit the headlines on the water crisis as the city is struggling to provide water to its residents. With summer in full swing, various areas in the city are struggling on a daily basis to make ends meet. Even after repeated warnings, there seems to be no improvement in the approach taken towards water management.
According to reports, groundwater in Bengaluru will not be available by the year 2020. As the locals of Bengaluru are struggling to fight the dry spell, the administration seems to be inefficient in managing the water crisis. According to activists, the government needs to come up with strong water policy.
A resident of Bengaluru said that due to power cuts, they are often left with no water. From not being able to bathe to not being able to cook food, the water crisis is interfering with the daily lives of the residents.
Majority of the IT companies in Bangalore are looking at alternative ways to make sure it has no impact on their employees as businesses can get critical most of the times.
The situation today has gone worse as the availability of water has come down to dangerous levels and there seems to be no upward for now.
Some of the Industrial Tech parks in Bangalore have run of water recently and have asked their employees to work from home in an attempt to bring the situation back in control.
“A citizen activist, Sandeep Anirudhan, said, “Bengaluru is built from a desert to green space because they understood local resilience.” According to Anirudhan, the only way to ensure water for everyone is through government policies.
With Bangalore’s fast-paced growth of becoming the IT and Startup hub, livable conditions of the city have taken a back seat making it a stressful situation for the government to build up policies. The time has come for the citizens and government to step up work together in the mission to save Bangalore for generations to come. Otherwise, the garden city we all loved even until today, will stand as an example of how a crisis can damage the livable conditions of a city forever.