Bengaluru water crisis: Rs 5,000 fine for 22 families for wasting drinking water

Bengaluru's southeast division saw the most number of violations

Bengaluru water crisis People collect drinking water from a water tank amid the ongoing water crisis in Karnataka, at Shivananda Nagar in Bengaluru on March 20, 2024 | PTI

The Bengaluru water authority took stringent action against people who waste drinking water as the city struggles with shortage of water.

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 each on 22 families who used Cauvery water for non-essential purposes, reported Deccan Herald. The total fine amounts to Rs 1.1 lakh.

Bengaluru's southeast division saw the most number of violations with the fines collected touching Rs 65,000, reported The Indian Express.

The water authority has urged the public to dial the helpline, 1916, if they comes across violations.

This comes after the authority issued stringent rules for using water during Holi celebrations. The municipal body asked hotels and resorts not to use Cauvery or borwell water for pool parties and rain dances during the festival celebrations.

"Organising entertainment like rain dances and pool parties for commercial purposes is not advisable at this time. Using Cauvery water and borewell water is prohibited in the public interest," the order read.

The BWSSB has also made it mandatory for apartments, restaurants, hotels etc to install aerators on taps to reduce wastage of water.


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