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Bengaluru: ₹5K Fine for Misusing Drinking Water

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A penalty for wasting drinking water has been implemented in Bengaluru, as the city struggles with a severe scarcity. The Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Board made the decision in an effort to encourage water conservation.
The board has advised using drinking water sparingly while keeping the current situation in mind. The public has been asked not to use drinking water for anything other than drinking at movie theaters, malls, and car washes. It can also be used for construction and recreational reasons.

Violators will be penalized ₹ 5,000, and if they break the rules again, they will be punished an extra ₹ 500 each time. This decision was made by the board.

Bengaluru, with its 1.3 crore population, faces a shortfall of over 1,500 MLD (Million Liters Per Day) in its daily water needs, which ranges between 2,600-2,800 MLD.

Not just Bengaluru, parts of Tumakuru and Uttara Kannada districts have also been identified as susceptible to water shortage by the revenue department. As many as 236 taluks in the state have been declared drought-hit, with 219 facing severe consequences.

The state government is exploring solutions to deal with the crisis, including recycled and treated water from residents’ associations.

Helplines and control rooms set up by the government are overwhelmed while authorities are trying to crack down on illicit water tanker operations.

Tanker costs have also surged, prompting the Bangalore City District Collector to fix the rates for 200 privately operated tankers for a four-month duration.

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