Bengaluru: 68 tankers to be kept ready for water shortage
To prepare Bengaluru for the upcoming summer and subsequent possible water scarcity, mayor R Sampath Raj said that 68 tankers would be kept ready to cater to water-deficient areas. The decision was taken on Tuesday after a meeting with Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB). There will also be a 24x7 helpline to be manned by BWSSB for this purpose.
"Water scarce areas have been identified. Senior officers of the Water Board will conduct intensive inspections to ensure water supply is intact," said Sampath Raj after the meeting. Last year, 100 tankers were kept ready since February after the city faced water crisis. However, the mayor was quick to clarify that despite media reports, there is no water shortage in Bengaluru.
In a March 6 article, BBC had also termed the city as the next Cape Town; the South African city is touted to face severe water crisis from April'18. The mayor, however, said, "No need to worry for the next three months. Rains are expected after the summer. There is no water crisis in the city as reported by a section of the media."