Bangalore in the world's top 11 cities to be under "water stress"
India cannot afford its trademark procrastination in this matter.
A 2014 survey of the world's 500 largest cities estimates that one in four is in a situation of "water stress." According to UN-endorsed projections, global demand for fresh water will exceed supply by 40% in 2030, thanks to a combination of climate change, human action and population growth. (daily-sun.com)
Local officials in the southern Indian city have been bamboozled by the growth of new property developments following Bangalore's rise as a technological hub and are struggling to manage the city's water and sewage systems. To make matters worse, the city's antiquated plumbing needs an urgent upheaval; a report by the national government found that the city loses over half of its drinking water to waste. Like China, India struggles with water pollution and Bangalore is no different: an in-depth inventory of the city's lakes found that 85% had water that could only be used for irrigation and industrial cooling. Not a single lake had suitable water for drinking or bathing. (daily-sun.com)
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The World Bank classifies water scarcity as when people in a determined location receive less than 1,000 cubic metres of fresh water per person a year. In 2014, each of the more than 20 million inhabitants of Beijing had only 145 cubic metres. China is home to almost 20% of the world's population but has only 7% of the world's fresh water. (daily-sun.com)
Rest of India is not hunky dory either
From as high as 18,417 cubic metres in the Brahmaputra valley, per capita water availability comes down to a low of 411 cubic metres in the east-flowing rivers between Pennar and Kanniyakumari. (yourarticlelibrary.com)
With the waterbodies in Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve (STR) dried up, elephants, leopards and tigers, among other wildlife, have started venturing into human habitats in search of water, creating panic among the residents of nearby villages. (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
"The animals usually migrate to Karnataka when waterbodies in the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve go dry during summer," said a forest official, who did not want to be named. (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
We have to look for short term solutions first
Other problems facing the ward are the slow pace of road-widening projects, inability of the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) to provide drinking water and thereby pushing residents towards illegal water connections in D J Halli, Sagayapuram and Kaval Byrasandra; lack of proper garbage collection and disposal. (deccanherald.com)
But long term solutions will have to be looked at seriously
The crisis is looming large and we will have to begin working seriously towards the solutions today. We can't wake up in 2030 and say we have a problem. The work needs to start in full steam and we possibly will have a planned solution in place. But last minute is the hallmark of India and expect no better when it comes to this crisis that will make this nation suffer for the next few centuries to come.