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Day Zero: Bengaluru may be going the Cape Town way, water crisis looms large

Day Zero: Bengaluru may be going the Cape Town way, water crisis looms large

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If you were happy for the residents of Cape Town, you might need to rethink about your own country. Namma Bengaluru has made it to the list of the top 10 metropolitan cities in the world that may be heading towards witnessing a water crisis, just like the one Cape Town went through.

The report has come right ahead of the World Water Day which is observed on March 22 every year to highlight the importance of fresh water and to sustainably manage fresh water resources.

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As per Down to Earth, a CSE-assisted environment magazine, waterbodies in Bengaluru have reduced by 79 per cent in number. This has occurred due to encroachment and unplanned urbanization. The built-up area has now increased from a mere 8 percent to a whopping 77 per cent in about 35 years’ time.

Moreover, Bengaluru’s water table, in about 20 years has gone down to 76-91 metres from 10-12 metres. The number of extraction wells, in three decades has also increased from 5,000 to 0.45 million.

The population of the capital city of Karnataka is growing by about 3.5 percent on an annual basis and is expected to reach 20.3 million by the year 2031.

Apart from Bengaluru, there are several other metropolitan cities following the same pattern including Karachi, Nairobi, Beijing, Mexico City, Istanbul, and Kabul. There are about 200 cities across the globe which are facing water crisis at the moment.

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