Time for confirmation of infection depends on diagnostic test followed

The number of dengue cases reported in the City far exceeds that reported by the Health Department on the basis of the reports from various government hospitals. However, experts suggest that dengue cases should be approached with clinical diagnosis and the treatment should be independent of laboratory reports.

New borewells will not be allowed in the City without permission from the Karnataka Groundwater Authority and a mandatory registration with fees, once a notification to this effect is issued in a week’s time.

To arrest indiscriminate digging of borewells and commercial over-exploitation of Bangalore’s depleting ground water, the State government has finally decided to crack the whip by proposing mandatory registrations and penalties for defaulters.

For the residents of AMCO Layout at Kodigehalli, it’s a double whammy. They not only face acute water shortage, but also risk contracting water-borne diseases from contaminated borewell water.

Installing rainwater harvesting (RWH) system in buildings seems to be just another Government order for people in the City, instead of being a social responsibility. Although the initial deadline (December 31, 2011) to install the RWH systems evoked quick response from residents, with many booking filters with dealers/plumbers, it fizzled out once the deadline was extended to March 31, 2012.

Proposes securing additional water within Tribunal’s framework

Drawing additional Cauvery water within the framework of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal award is the short term plan recommended by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board’s (BWSSB) expert committee, appointed by the government to find solutions to the growing demand for water in the City.

Techies working in Electronics City told to use water sparingly and judiciously. Techies in Electronics City are the latest victims of Bangalore’s worsening water crisis.

Faced with severe water shortage and mounting cost of ensuring regular supply, companies there have asked employees to drastically cut down the use of water in office.

The City is set to face another thirsty summer this year with 15 per cent of the work on the much-awaited Cauvery IV Stage II Phase yet to be completed.

The project, launched in November 2009, was expected to be completed by February 28, 2012. The Rs 1,766-crore project taken up by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board will supply an additional 500 million litres per day to the City. It is expected to be commissioned by June 2012.

Water experts in the City have termed uneconomical the BWSSB expert committee’s plan to divert west-flowing rivers to fulfil Bangalore’s growing demand for water.

The panel, which was set up in the beginning of 2011, had to design projects to fulfil both short-term and long-term water needs of residents.

Bangalore: For the BWSSB, water is always in the pipeline. Eight years ago, World Vision, a non-governmental organisation, had sanctioned Rs 18.75 lakh from its funds to lay individual waterlines to 2,500 homes at Kavalbyrasandra, Devarjeevanahalli, Doddanna Nagar, Thangamalainagar and Amavase Lane in the eastern parts of the City.But the project failed to fructify.

Parched Bangalore could take a leaf out of Bagepalli where villagers use rainwater for drinking and cooking as well. And to their amazement, many have been relieved of debilitating health problems.

Precious source: Rainwater is so precious in Bagepalli that it is not used even to wash hands after having food.