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Residents emphasise local solutions to address water woes 25.2.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Summer is just around the corner and water woes have already gripped Bengalureans. In the past few years, the demand for water has been on rise in most of the areas due to depletion of water table. An increase in high-rise apartments, townships and villas has led to indiscriminate digging of borewells, depleting groundwater levels. On the other hand, water scarcity has become widespread. To understand the concerns better, DH speaks to residents and water experts. Ayyappa M Masagi, founder, Water Literacy Foundation, says, 15-20 years back, rainfall was periodic, giving the soil surface sufficient time to percolate the rainwater into the sub soil. "Gradually, the city drifted towards rapid industrialisation and boom in real estate industry, led to the encroachment of lakes by the builders," he explains. Bengaluru founder Kempegowda had constructed 382 lakes. Only a few survive. The government, he says, is spending money only on drilling new borewells but is not concerned about sustaining the water table ...
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Borewells, sink no more 25.2.2017 Deccan Herald - News
When the water table has depleted dangerously to 1,500 ft and deeper, does the proposal to sink more borewells make any sense? The priority should be on recharging acquifiers, not exploiting them. Cornered by the impending water crisis in Bengaluru this summer, shaken by the dried up reservoirs, the government has scrambled up a solution: Go underground! Yes, they are talking about borewells again. So what if the water table has depleted beyond redemption. Unprecedented in scale, the water shortage this year is bound to affect everyone in myriad ways. But scientists, water experts and long-time Bengalureans are unanimous in their views: Borewells just cannot be a solution. Last month, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had articulated the solution clearly. New borewells had to be dug by March. For years, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and its corporators had done so in wards across Bengaluru. Despite warnings from several quarters, excessive drilling of borewells has gone unchecked. The water ...
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Borewells, sink no more 25.2.2017 Deccan Herald - News
When the water table has depleted dangerously to 1,500 ft and deeper, does the proposal to sink more borewells make any sense? The priority should be on recharging acquifiers, not exploiting them. Cornered by the impending water crisis in Bengaluru this summer, shaken by the dried up reservoirs, the government has scrambled up a solution: Go underground! Yes, they are talking about borewells again. So what if the water table has depleted beyond redemption. Unprecedented in scale, the water shortage this year is bound to affect everyone in myriad ways. But scientists, water experts and long-time Bengalureans are unanimous in their views: Borewells just cannot be a solution. Last month, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had articulated the solution clearly. New borewells had to be dug by March. For years, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and its corporators had done so in wards across Bengaluru. Despite warnings from several quarters, excessive drilling of borewells has gone unchecked. The water ...
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Restoration of Arekere lake: No one wants to take the first step 24.2.2017 Hindu: Home
All civic agencies are passing the buck
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Even before summer, water supply hit in parts of city 23.2.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Drinking water supply has hit parts of the city even before the onset of summer, forcing people to depend more on private water tankers. Residents of Nagashetty Halli, RMS Layout near Sanjaynagar, Postal Colony near Hebbal, BTM Layout 1st Stage and other localities say the water supply has reduced in the last few days. The situation is contrary to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's assurance that water supply in the city will not be hit till June. "The supply in our area has reduced to 10-15 minutes from 30 minutes earlier. It is becoming difficult for us to sustain with reduced supply of water. We cannot always rely on private tankers as they charge high," said Bore Gowda S, a resident of BTM Layout 1st Stage. Santosh G, a resident of Rajajinagar 2nd Stage, D Block, said water supply was limited to 3 pm to 6 am since last week. "In the next few weeks, the supply may get worse," he added. Borewells, lakes dry up Lakes in Herohalli, Lingadheeranahalli and Andrahalli have dried up, leading to a cascading effect ...
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Notice to govt over forming Godavari board 23.2.2017 Deccan Herald - News
The Karnataka High Court on Thursday issued notice to the state government, Water Resources Department and Minor Irrigation Department on a PIL seeking directions to form a Godavari Belt Area Development Board in Bidar district.

The petitioner, Gurunath Vadde has sought directions to form the board on behalf of the farmers and people of Bidar district for utilisation of water for agriculture. The petitioner has contended that though the government has started the Karanja Project Plan, Chuluki Nala Plan, Manjra Barrages, various programmes for lakes of minor irrigation and check dams, it has not implemented them. A division bench comprising Chief Justice S K Mukherjee and Justice R B Budihal ordered notice and directed the state government to file its objections in four weeks.


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When every drop counts 23.2.2017 Deccan Herald - Supplements
When Ismail Serageldin said that the wars of the 21st century will be fought over water, he had envisaged the calamity that mankind was heading for; a catastrophe of their own making. The enormity of the situation becomes clearer and clearer with every passing summer as the country grapples with an acute water shortage. This is especially true for Bengaluru where alarm bells are already ringing about the looming water crisis. The summer is just setting in but the BWSSB has already come up with a contingency plan; predicting a bad season ahead — acquiring public borewells and signing up with private water tankers to supply water to worst-affected areas. Prateek Khurana, a business analyst, says, "Summer is around the corner and water scarcity is a given, along with electricity shortage. There have been many instances where I have received water only once in a day. It is really sad that Bengaluru, despite being a city of lakes, is facing such a problem." He adds, "The causes of this are in plain ...
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India unlikely to meet reforestation targets it committed to in 2015, says expert 23.2.2017 TOI: All Headlines
India unlikely to meet reforestation targets it committed to in 2015, says expert
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Explain Bellandur lake fire: NGT to govt 22.2.2017 deccanherald.com
The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday issued notices to the Karnataka government and its agencies for Thursday's fire at the Bellandur lake. The principal bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar said, "We are surprised at the apathy prevailing in the functioning of the statutory bodies and the state government." The government has conceded the fire broke out because of municipal waste being dumped in the lake, the tribunal said. "What do you think you are doing? You are the authority for maintaining lakes in the city. Don't you think you have some responsibility? You are making a mockery of the environment. You can't ruin a city like Bengaluru," the bench said. It also sought a report, in two weeks, on action taken to rejuvenate water bodies. Prior to the hearing, Mahendra Jain, additional chief secretary to the Karnataka government's urban development department, submitted a report on the status of lakes in Bengaluru. "We issue show-cause notices to all authorities as to why we should not direct ...
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Explain Bellandur lake fire: NGT to govt 22.2.2017 Deccan Herald - News
The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday issued notices to the Karnataka government and its agencies for Thursday's fire at the Bellandur lake. The principal bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar said, "We are surprised at the apathy prevailing in the functioning of the statutory bodies and the state government." The government has conceded the fire broke out because of municipal waste being dumped in the lake, the tribunal said. "What do you think you are doing? You are the authority for maintaining lakes in the city. Don't you think you have some responsibility? You are making a mockery of the environment. You can't ruin a city like Bengaluru," the bench said. It also sought a report, in two weeks, on action taken to rejuvenate water bodies. Prior to the hearing, Mahendra Jain, additional chief secretary to the Karnataka government's urban development department, submitted a report on the status of lakes in Bengaluru. "We issue show-cause notices to all authorities as to why we should not direct ...
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Cabinet okays Rs 862-crore works on stormwater drains 22.2.2017 deccanherald.com
The StateCabinet on Wednesday gave approval for construction of stormwater drains in Vrishabhavathi,Challaghatta, Koramangala and Hebbal valleys coming under Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike limits. Briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting, Law Minister TBJayachandra said works will be taken up under Nagarotthana Special Infrastructure Funds and will cost Rs 862 crore. The state government will provide Rs 671.82 crore and the balance will have to be borne by the BBMP, he said. In all, a total of 359 works will be taken up under six packages. The Cabinet also gave its approval for a project that envisages to utilise treated water from Hebbal-Nagawara valley in the city to fill tanks in Chikkaballapur and Bengaluru (Rural) districts using lift irrigation technology. Jayachandra said water will be treated at a plant set up at Jakkur and it will be utilised to fill 44 tanks in Chikkaballapur and 21 tanks in Bengaluru Rural districts. A similar project to utilise treated water from Varthur Lake to fill ...
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Bellandur fire: NGT asks state authorities why they shouldn’t be prosecuted 22.2.2017 TOI: All Headlines
Bellandur fire: NGT asks state authorities why they shouldn’t be prosecuted
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You can't ruin city, NGT tells Bengaluru authorities 22.2.2017 All News-IANS Stories
Castigating the Karnataka government agencies over the fire in Bengaluru's Bellandur Lake, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday asked the officials to list out the steps taken so far to revive the water body.
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NGT issues suo motu notices over Bellandur lake fire 22.2.2017 Hindu: Bangalore
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has suo motu issued notices to all the agencies involved in the upkeep of the heavily polluted Bellandur lake following the most recent outbreak of fire. The matter i...
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A fuming affair 21.2.2017 Deccan Herald - Supplements
Bengaluru was once synonymous with its numerous lakes. However, those good days are now passe. It is not the same anymore, with the city growing into an urban jungle day by day. The situation is getting worse with apartments and malls sprouting like mushrooms on dried up lakes or by the lake side. Adding to that, garbage from apartments, malls and restaurants along with industrial wastes have converted these lakes into a dumpyard — causing water pollution and toxification of lake water — ultimately interrupting the marine ecosystem. Recently, the smoke emanating from Bellandur lake came as a shocker to Bengalureans, although they say that these kind of incidents are becoming a common sight now. "It is an alarm reminding everyone that the lake is dying. If no immediate action is taken to rectify the situation, it can turn into an unavoidable hazard. The Bellandur lake is the biggest lake in the city, but it is unfortunate that it is highlighted only for all the wrong reasons," says Nabin Roy, ...
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Drowned in lakeside controversies 21.2.2017 HBL: Columns
Government and civil society have responded in piecemeal fashion, not taking a long-term view on sustainable urbanisation
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At Kere Habba, citizens call for revival of Arekere Lake 20.2.2017 TOI: All Headlines
At Kere Habba, citizens call for revival of Arekere Lake
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US firm & Sun Apollo in talks to sell Chandigarh mall 20.2.2017 News
Discussion on with Blackstone, Phoenix and Xander APG JV; owners eye Rs 700 cr from sale
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Gang bluffs woman, lifts handbag from car 19.2.2017 deccanherald.com
A gang of eight men lifted a bag of cash from a car after bluffing its owner into believing that the fuel tank was leaking. The incident occurred near Halasuru lake, east Bengaluru, on the night of February 15, 2017. Asha Kiran, a private firm employee, was driving back home when the unidentified men riding on motorcycles waved her down. When Asha pulled in, they drew her attention to the "leaking" fuel tank. Just as she got out of the car to check the fuel tank, the men lifted the bag kept on the front seat and rode off. When a bewildered Asha returned to the car after finding that the tank was not leaking, she was stunned to find the bag missing. She raised an alarm but there was no one to help her. Asha, however, didn't immediately approach the police and chose to make the complaint on their Facebook page on Sunday. She said similar incidents had happened recently in RT Nagar and on Nandidurga Road. She demanded that these incidents should be taken seriously. "Everybody says these things happen! It's ...
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Students spread green word at Arekere Lake 19.2.2017 deccanherald.com
In a bid to encourage the revival of the neglected Arekere Lake in Hulimavu area, a Kere Habba was held there on Sunday. Organised by Namma Bengaluru Foundation (NBF), in association with Arekere Neighbourhood Improvement Trust (ANIT) and BGS National Public School, the day-long festival witnessed activities such as painting competition, tree plantation, streetplay and poster making. About 50 students from different schools took part in the painting competition that was themed 'lake preservation and pollution'. ANIT said the event's objective was to encourage people to connect with their surroundings, explore and participate in preserving their lakes and become stakeholders in keeping them alive. Sridhar Pabbisetty, CEO of NBF, said, "The rising pollution in Bengaluru's lakes, as was seen in the recent fire in Bellandur Lake, is a strong reminder of our duty as citizens to engage with the government in cleaning our lakes on a war footing." He said it was encouraging to see community and neighbourhood ...
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