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Urban water crisis demands alternative management

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Bengaluru: People collect drinking water from a water tank amid the ongoing water crisis in Karnataka, at Shivananda Nagar in Bengaluru, Wednesday, March 20, 2024. (Photo: PTI)

Business Standard Editorial Comment Mumbai

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Bengaluru’s intensifying water shortage this year is being seen as a prelude to the fate of urban India in the not so distant future. How a city that once boasted an abundance of natural lakes and adequate groundwater aquifers has come to this predicament is a cautionary tale of poor water-supply management. Chennai and Hyderabad have faced similar problems in the recent past, and up north the red signals have been blinking for the information-technology and services hub of Gurugram since 2013. Most other emerging urban conglomerates appear to follow similar water-exploitation templates, pointing to a national water emergency in

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First Published: Apr 02 2024 | 10:10 PM IST

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