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Published on Mar 10, 2008
Surface water bodies called tanks were indispensable for Bangalore. Built at a time when the city was rural, these man made structures provided water for tank irrigation and cultivation of such crops as rice. Now that the city urbanizes what is the new role for surface water bodies? They obviously can harvest flood waters, they can recharge ground water, they are a biological rich and diverse space, they modify the micro climate and are wonderful recreation spot for concrete jungles. For all these parameters to work an institution should be around to plan,manage and invest to create these public goods and benefits. Unless a city has an Urban Water Management Authority, interventions ill be piece meal and at best sub optimal. This open well adjacent to a lake called Amrutahalli, has water throughout the year for all non potable needs. This water is pumped up using solar energy and is cheaper than any other water that this institute can access. How is this to be integrated in the overall water plan for the city? Institutional challenge for Bangalore which it needs to fast address before it runs out of water.