World Environment Day 2019: More work, less water: Bengaluru faces dry times
Updated : 2019-06-05 10:52:15
Years of rapid urbanisation, a swelling population and poor water management have led to drying taps, falling groundwater levels and filth-frothed lakes that can burst into flames. Bangalore is paying a heavy price for its success since marketing itself as a tech hub in the late 1990s and attracting top firms including Microsoft, IBM, Dell and Google. While job opportunities have soared in the sprawling city, millions have no piped water and instead rely on an army of privately-run tankers that suck water from wells inside and outside the city and deliver it to homes. Other families dig unauthorised private wells in search of water for drinking, bathing, laundry and other daily needs. Even those living in long-established neighbourhoods with piped water often find water trickling, rather than gushing, from the tap.