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INSANE! Amid Water Crisis In Bengaluru, 22 Caught Washing Cars With Drinking Water

On March 10, Bengaluru authorities issued a notice imposing a of a fine of Rs 5,000 for each violation of potable water use on the public.

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Mar 25, 2024 18:59 IST
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Bengaluru: Amid Water Crisis, 22 Caught Washing Cars With Drinking Water

Amid the hue and cry over water crisis in the city, Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) stated that they have collected Rs 1.1 lakh for 22 cases of violation related to using potable water from Cauvery river and borewells for car wash.

On March 10, Bengaluru authorities issued a notice imposing a of a fine of Rs 5,000 for each violation of potable water use on the public.

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The notice also issued the directions regarding the activities which are banned with the potable water including such as car washing, gardening, and large construction projects.

Taking to TOI, BWSSB chairman V Ram Prasath Manohar said that the city is facing acute water crisis, and they have issued orders in line with the problem.

He mentioned that they commenced enforcing restrictions from Friday after conducting awareness campaigns until then. Between Friday and today (Sunday), they have registered 22 cases and collected on-the-spot fines from violators, providing them with receipts similar to those issued by traffic police.

While the board is focusing on six major activities, the initial phase of enforcement primarily targets car washing, he elaborated. He expressed concern over the wastage of water due to the use of sprays and hoses connected directly to taps. All cases were detected through spot inspections and complaints from local residents, and the board intends to sustain this enforcement drive.

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According to BWSSB, the majority of cases originated from the board’s southeast division, totaling 13 cases with fines amounting to Rs 65,000. The remaining cases are distributed across east, north, northeast, and southwest divisions.

CM Siddaramaiah, Deputy CM and Bengaluru Development Minister D K Shivakumar, along with officials from BWSSB and BBMP, have been addressing concerns about the city potentially facing a water shortage this summer. While acknowledging the crisis, they have not dismissed the severity of the situation.

First published on: Mar 25, 2024 06:55 PM IST

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