Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-03-22 09:23 Bengaluru: As summer tightens its grip on Bengaluru, a familiar scenario is unfolding in the city. While the BWSSB is maintaining that there is no water shortage in the city, several residents in the city are complaining of irregular water supply. “Earlier, we used to get water supply on alternate days but now the water is being supplied once in six days,” says Sukanya, a resident of LB Shastri Nagar in Koramangala. “Sometimes, we get water once in a week. The residents have to fight with each other to fill their pots where ever the water is supplied.” Three residents of Rajendranagar spoke of a similar situation. “We live under the mercy of line-man who abuses and sometimes even taken money to release water,” said Vijayalakshmi, a resident, complaining of rude behaviour from BWSSB engineers. “The BWSSB engineers will have to inspect the area once in ten days during summer so that they get to know the pitiful conditions of residents here.” Another resident from the same area, Gowri, mentioned that the water usually supplied by BWSSB was brown in colour. “We drink only after filtering the water,” said Gowri. The irregular water supply has also been affecting children at government schools. Rani Josephine, an Assistant Mistress, Kormangala Government School, said children prone to infections had to use water supplied by the BWSSB very carefully. “Sometimes, children are forced to fetch water from nearby residents for washing hands after their meal. We get water once in five days. Therefore, even toilets are not maintained well," said Rani Another resident, Murthy, who stays in Chalavadi Palya, rubbished the claims of BWSSB officials as well. “It's been a week since we received a drop of water. We have been requesting engineers to visit the area to repair the problem but our pleas have fallen on deaf ears,” said Murthy. Kemparamaiah, Chief Engineer, BWSSB, said the city needed 1600mld per day. “We are able to supply 1,400 mld. We also provide 200 mld of additional supply from drawing water through borewells. As many as 8,99,649 BWSSB connections have been given till date,” said Kemparamaiah. When asked about the irregular supply in many areas, the engineer said BWSSB at present was supplying to CBD areas and 110 villages that were merged with Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike in 2007-2008 will be covered under Cauvery Stage V. Thirsty city The city has been drawing 1.5 TMC every month without any difficulty now, and the Bengaluru Water Supply Sewage Board officials confirm that Bengaluru will get water supply without any interruption till April and May this year. Officials from Krishna Rajasagar and Kabini dam say that the water level is at 85.31 feet. The inflow is 293 cusecs and out flow is at 3,404 cusecs and at Kabini the water level is at 2,259.47 feet, the inflow is 87 cusecs and outflow was 600 cusecs. "The situation at present is not worrying. Only by end of April we will be in better position to tell about the good supply of water," said an official. Unauthorised connections According to BWSSB, there are over one lakh unauthorised water connections in the city. For example: the Chamundi Nagar slum at Hebbal has 3000 to 4000 houses but they have 94 connections only. “Hence we have reduced the supply of water to them. We supply water only once in a week to these houses. We have also set two months to identify such unauthorised connections and penalise them and provide them with water connections as well,” said Kemparamiah. Burgeoning borewells There are 2,99,873 household borewells in the city and 9000 public borewells. BWSSB contributes Rs35 crores to BESCOM every month for power supply to such borewells.