karnataka: Karnataka: Less than 20% tap connections in 7 districts | Bengaluru News


BENGALURU: Bengaluru Urban and Rural are among seven districts in Karnataka where even 20% of the target is not met under the Centre’s Jal Jeevan Mission, which seeks to provide piped water supply to all households by 2024. This is mainly due to lack of surface drinking water and dangerously low levels of groundwater.
Karnataka has assured the Centre of bringing 61 lakh households in rural Karnataka under the Rs 10,000-crore tap water connection programme. Now, it’s looking for ideas to tide over the severe water crisis in seven of the 31 districts in the state. The crisis districts are Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Chikkaballapur, Kolar, Tumakuru, Kalaburagi and Bidar. The total households in these districts which require to be connected with tap water are estimated to be around 10 lakh or 16% of the total coverage that needs to be completed by 2023-24.
“Our biggest problem in these districts is lack of availability of surface water and poor groundwater levels. Chikkaballapur and Kolar are already under hydrological drought with lack of consistent rain in the past decade. There is no availability of groundwater at shallow depths in places like Bengaluru Urban and Rural due to an exponential population influx,” said rural development and panchayat raj principal secretary LK Atheeq.
Sources said efforts are being redoubled to bring Yettinahole water to Kolar, Chikkaballapur, parts of Tumakuru and Bengaluru Rural. Even if the project is fast-tracked, the situation is unlikely to improve in the next two years because the project cannot be completed in that time window.
Now, the government has sought ideas to tackle the water scarcity problem and provide tap connections to these 10 lakh households in the state. Last week, the department conducted a workshop to generate new ideas to tackle the situation.
At the same time, the government has ramped up efforts to provide tap connections to 51 lakh other households. The rural development and panchayat raj department has proposed to start 120 multi-village schemes for providing potable water. If approved by the state cabinet, the scheme will ensure coverage of a majority of the rural parts with surface water or groundwater resources.





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