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BBMP Takes Action Against Bengaluru’s Water Crisis with New Initiative

Bbmp Takes Action Against Bengaluru's Water Crisis With New Initiative

In response to severe water scarcity in Bengaluru this summer, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has approved the construction of 250 percolation pits and the recharge of numerous borewells within city parks. This initiative, costing ₹2.5 crore, aims to alleviate water shortages and enhance groundwater levels, as reported by The Times of India.

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The BBMP’s Deputy Director of Horticulture, Chandrashekhar MR, confirmed that the proposal to tender the construction of percolation pits has received administrative clearance. The project will focus on two main rainwater harvesting systems: installing percolation pits and adopting borewell-recharge techniques.

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Explaining the initiative’s purpose, Chandrashekhar stated that effective rainwater harvesting will bolster groundwater reserves, ensuring adequate moisture for deep-rooted trees in BBMP parks. Strategically placed borewell recharge systems within these green spaces will further contribute to revitalizing groundwater sources.

The decision comes amid Bengaluru’s ongoing water crisis, which saw critical shortages in March and April due to meagre rainfall. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah previously acknowledged the city’s deficit of 500 million litres per day (MLD) of potable water, highlighting the urgency of sustainable water management measures like those proposed by BBMP.

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