Parts of Karnataka suffer water woes just weeks into summer | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The summer has just set in, but many parts of Karnataka are already facing drinking water shortages, which authorities are trying to solve with the help of private borewells and tankers.
Water levels of major reservoirs and groundwater stocks have started to dip before peak summer, and this has prompted fears of an impending water crisis.
According to the rural development and panchayat raj (RDPR) department, Chikkaballapur, Kolar, Tumakuru and Bengaluru Urban and Rural districts are suffering drinking water problems. About 20 villages in these districts are getting tanker water and in around 100 villages, local authorities are tapping private borewells.
“The problem has just started and the department is taking all measures to tackle the situation by supplying water through tankers, digging new borewells and hiring private ones. As of now, the situation is not alarming anywhere,” said LK Ateeq, principal secretary, RDPR. He said that the department had already released Rs 68 crore to districts to solve water problems.
The North Karnataka region is usually the first to report shortages during summer. This time, there have been no major complaints. Locals say good rains in the past few years have benefited the region. “Because of backto-back floods, most lakes, tanks and wells have sufficient water. The floods also helped recharge groundwater,” said Basappa, a farmer in Bagalkot district.
RDPR minister KS Eshwarappa reviewed the drinking water situation on Monday and directed officials to address problems on priority. He said constituencies facing droughts for two and three consecutive years would be given Rs 35 lakh and Rs 50 lakh, respectively.

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