The Cost of a Huge Water Footprint

Bangalore is the second most water scare city today on the planet. The neighboring city of Mysore is also in danger of being evacuated because of the same reason. This is thanks to the rampant deforestation in the district of Kodagu. This is the chief catchment area for the river Cauvery. River Cauvery is the lifeline for both these cities.

Bengaluru gets 1,392 MLD of water from 100 kilometers away. This is considered to be Asia’s fourth costliest water. Curiously enough, all of this water is supplied at a highly subsidized rate. Nearly, four-fifths of the water turns into sewage.

However, there is a positive amidst all this gloom. A very remarkable initiative to revive the dead river Dakshina Pinakini has begun all in all earnestness. The project has been initiated by Mr. Hariharan. He used to run the real estate company, “Eco BCIL.” I would also like to point out that initiatives such as these would not yield any great efforts unless and until there is the involvement of the local community. This also needs support from the political and bureaucratic class.

Unfortunately, the bureaucratic class in India is still dominated by generalists. They are not specialists who would understand the problem and find a suitable solution. There are a total of six rivers, which originate in the Nandi Hills. This is a hill range close to Bangalore. Despite this, Bangalore depends on Cauvery water for its daily needs. The other two reservoirs Hessarghatta and TG Halli do not have water, which is potable. The water footprint and the cost involved in transporting water over a distance of 120 kilometers is huge. The government does give a hearing to companies, which place CSR on the top of its agenda. Let us act now and wake up the soporific bureaucratic class, which rules us. As the adage goes, “Better late than never.” 

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Amith Subramanian Pallavoor