A water truck in Whitefield
A water truck in WhitefieldMegha Mukundan

Bengaluru: In Whitefield, residents are up in arms over commercial borewells

The residents of Ambedkar Nagar recently stopped the drilling of an illegal commercial borewell, which was being drilled right next to a public borewell.

The severe water crisis in Bengaluru has once again drawn attention towards the illegal drilling of borewells in residential areas. Residents of Ambedkar Nagar in Whitefield recently took to the streets and halted the drilling of a borewell by a builder who was constructing a building meant to provide Paying Guest (PG) accommodations.

Residents complained that the surge of commercial borewells in the area has led to the depletion of groundwater, leaving public borewells dry. Commercial borewells have a larger pipe diameter for greater output of water.

Ambedkar Nagar has seen a heavy influx of people in recent years thanks to its proximity to the IT corridor. Buildings offering PG accommodations have sprung up everywhere and almost every road in the locality has at least three to four such buildings. The consequence of this has been felt by other residents who have seen their drinking water supply shrink. Residents allege that the borewells being dug by these builders are illegal and even the construction of the buildings violates bye-laws and lacks approvals by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

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