We came "this" close to going dry this summer. How close? Don't really know, but the word is that if rains had arrived 10 days later, we would have hit that point. But now that rains are here, newspapers, BWSSB, KNNL (Neeravari Nigam) will all move on and wait for a crisis to approach next year or year after depending on when we would have the next monsoon shortfall.
Some pics of dry KRS gates for your viewing pleasure, taken just last week.
Shouldn't we be interested in knowing:
- Did we indeed come 'close'?
- How close was it?
- What would be the plan if we crossed some "thresholds"?
- What hard decisions were made if any, like - water supply over hydropower, tapping an irregular or non-approved source for supply?
- What steps or investments are being planned to reduce the risk?