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27 days gone and no Cauvery water yet

Monday, 26 November 2012 - 5:29pm IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: dna

Even though the BWSSB celebrated Cauvery water reaching the city on November 1 with an announcement by BWSSB minister S Suresh Kumar, many areas remain parched.

Are you getting Cauvery water? If not, do not be surprised. You are just among many who are hoping against hope of getting water from the Cauvery 4th stage 2nd phase project for 27 days.
Even though the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) celebrated Cauvery water reaching the city on November 1 with an announcement by BWSSB minister S Suresh Kumar, many areas remain parched.

The Cauvery project, which began in 2009, is yet to be completed in terms of last mile connectivity. The BWSSB has taken 32 months to complete the project which was supposed to be finished in 24 months. It plans to supply water to nearly 2 lakh homes while, in reality, not even a percentage of it has been achieved.

The board had conducted camps across the city and sold 88,965 applications called Sajala forms. However, only 28,023 applications came back filled up. As many as 13,662 homes were sanctioned water, and they were to receive it starting from November 1.

The BWSSB managing director had said that to make things easier, the department would set up online submission facilities on the BWSSB website. So far, the board seems to have only covered a fraction of the population.

A board official said on condition of anonymity that in most areas, trials were on while in some other areas, the process of flushing out dirty water was still under way. “We have a lot of issues. We have laid the pipes and trial works are on. But many of the households have not taken connections. We are getting 116 ML of water daily and this is enough for the extra 13,000 odd homes.

Once people start taking applications, we will begin giving them meters,” he said.

In many areas, residents say they have not received water even though they have paid for the connections over four years ago.

Areas such as Dasarahalli, Byatarayanapura, Kengeri, KR Puram and Bommanhalli have not received water from the Cauvery fourth stage.

In Attur near Yelahanka, many homes situated as close as a kilometre away from the ground level reservoir are yet to receive the supply of water.  “We are living here for the past 20 years and we have not received water at all. We have also applied for water and paid nearly `4,000 so far. Last week, the BWSSB officials took `100. We are not sure what that money was  for. And we are yet to receive water and meter,” Subramani Nair, a resident of Attur, said.

The story on the adjacent lane is different.

Residents on 5th main have received meters but no water. “We got meters from the BWSSB about a month ago. But there is no water supply. We heard they had done trials here and some homes saw water about two weeks ago,” Moin Khan, another resident of Attur, said. 

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