20 October, 2020

Water Midsummer Nightmare

The dryness is so stark, it could almost catch fire. Are our cities hurtling towards water riots?

Water Midsummer Nightmare
Delhi homemaker Ritu Chawla, 35, has been been waking up everyday at half past two in the morning at her R.K Puram home for as long as she can remember. Reason: replenishing her water-tank because the government supply starts trickling only at this unearthly hour. Lakshmi, 33, a domestic help in a house in west Delhi's Sultanpuri, too gets up at 4.30 am, and walks almost a kilometre to an illegal tap connection "owned" by a local family. She and others must fill up their buckets in two hours after which they are not allowed to use the tap. In faraway Chennai, homemaker Ramya Thangavelu of Indira Nagar, Adyar, gets water all right, but it's not good enough to make tea or run it through a geyser or a washing machine. Because it is salty and hard. "My hair turns rough if I wash it with the water I get," says Thangavelu. The same groundwater meets 80 per cent of the city's water needs! In Bangalore, K. Abu Baker, a 65-year-old retiree living in the Hennur-Banaswadi area, takes a bus to the other side of the city almost everyday to visit his relatives "and request them to allow me to...


To read this piece, and more such stories in India's most exciting and exacting magazine, plus get access to our 25-year archives goldmine, please subscribe.

Latest Magazine

October 26, 2020

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section