Water availability has become an important driver for facilitating economic growth in the state of Karnataka. As only 20% of water supplied is consumed and the balance 80% is wastewater, treatment and reuse of this wastewater will reduce the pressure to augment water supply from freshwater sources.

Development of 100 “smart cities” will be the key component of a new Urban Mission to be launched by the BJP Government to augment infrastructure and transportation facilities in existing and to-be

Bangalore: Blame it on increase in population, urbanization, rapid industrialization and climate change, Karnataka’s water resources are under severe threat and depleting fast.

The Centre for Science and Environment, in a report, has tore apart the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP)’s projection of facade of development with an unrealistic budge. The report brings out the City’s failure to manage its sewage and precious water. CSE director Sunita Narain aptly puts it, “Bangalore is drowning in its own excreta.”

Sunita was quick to emphasise that Bangaloreans were by no means “unique”. At the la­unch of the seventh edition of the CSE State of India’s Environment Report titled ‘Excr­eta Matters’, she said cities ac­ross the country were doing equ­ally bad.