First stage did not receive water on Friday, as scheduled, affecting more than 50,000 people’s daily livelihood Residents of BTM Layout are facing acute water shortage after they did not receive water on Friday, as scheduled. A pipeline had broken near Arekere Gate due to the Metro work, causing the water supply to stop suddenly. More than 50,000 people in BTM’s first stage were affected by this. A resident on conditions of anonymity said, “We don’t even have water for emergencies like answering the call of nature. We registered a complaint with Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), but they were not able to fix it immediately. It has been two days and we still haven’t received water. As long as the pipeline isn’t fixed water will not reach our homes.” He further added, “We tried to contact private water tankers, but they were also unable to help us due to high demand. We were even ready to pay more, but still could not procure water. We have work on Monday. If this problem is not solved by then, we’ll be in big trouble.” We tried to contact private water tankers, but they were also unable to help us due to high demand. We were even ready to pay more, but still could not procure water. – A resident When asked about the issue, BWSSB Chief Engineer (Maintenance) B C Gangadhar said, “We have taken note of the matter. The pipeline repair work has started. Once it is repaired, water can be supplied to the locality. The work is expected to be completed by Sunday night.”