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In the wake of a looming water crisis that has taken the southern states by force, the Karnataka government is considering a ban on construction of apartments in the city of Bengaluru after consulting with various stake holders.

Karanatak Deputy Chief Minister G Parmeshwara, after meeting officials from urban development, said: “In Bengaluru, we are seeing many apartments are coming up without having proper permanent water sources for the building. The builders are giving the flats to the customers and the residents are facing severe water crisis and they are depending on the tankers for water supply. Hence we are planning to enforce a ban on building apartments in the city, for the next five years.”

“We will soon hold a meeting with all the developers and to take their opinion before implementing the rules,” he added.

Parameshwara also directed Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials to undertake inspections on all the existing apartments to check whether they have installed Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs).

The government’s proposal comes in the view of the Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Board’s (BWSSB) ongoing Cauvery Water Supply Phase five project. The project, which aims at providing drinking water connections to the suburban areas of Bengaluru, is likely to be completed in the next five years.

Along with the project, the government has directed officials to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for the proposed Linganamakki Project, where water from Netravati river will be diverted to Bengaluru, Kolar and Chikkaballapur,” Parameshwara said.

“As the Linganamakki proposal is facing opposition, steps will be taken after examining the pros and cons. This will happen only after DPR is ready,” he said.

Another source explained the measure: “A five-year moratorium will ensure that each and every household gets Cauvery water connection before new apartments come up. But we must also take into consideration that the new constructions will come up due to increase in population.”

“The question is whether the developers can come up with a way to provide 24-hour clean water supply for drinking and domestic purposes,” he added.

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