The coming water disaster

Scary how we behave like mere consumers with a sense of entitlement towards "Cauvery Water" - like its unlimited, and meant purely for our own consumption. The notion of responsibility, sharing and controlled usage does not enter our heads. We've been gifted with numerous lakes, which we've killed. We've managed to lose a complete river with our greed and short sightedness. And yet we do not learn. Its a problem that needs a demand side fix as much as it needs a supply side one.

The Catskill Mountains near New York are the primary catchment area for its water supply. New York has consciously taken to acquiring large tracts of land up there for natural preservation of the region, and in turn its water needs! Recently, they've demonstrated that even financially, the long terms benefits of this move have outweighed the costs they would have paid for the water related issues they would've faced without this. Can we do this in Coorg and Wayanad before we clamour for a larger share of the Cauvery ? Can we first ensure the health of what we've been gifted with, and demonstrate that we actually deserve these ?

If you see the movie, it explains in great detail how those who use water the most pay the least for it. Those without access to BWSSB water end up paying nearly 300 per kilolitre! Even tanker water is at 50/- pe kl and BWSSB supply starts at 6/-, ridiculously lower than the 35/- per kl that it costs to pump it up from 100 kms away, with almost a 500m ascent up to Bangalore! Unless we pay more for it, and more equitably, there's little likelihood of us learning to conserve it, recycle it, and make the best use of rainwater etc.

Groundwater, which Bangalore uses at a ferocious rate to meet more than half its demand, is under even more strain. Its a 'historic' resource, since the deeper you go, the 'older' the water thats percolated in. Its critical that we not only appreciate these differences, but pay much much more for more historical water, and make as hard an attempt as we can to replenish it as we draw water from the shallower aquifers themselves.

We may soon get real broadband at affordable rates. We're already benefiting from the telecom revolution. But basic stuff like water - thats in our own hands. Its a hard hitting movie - try getting a copy and watching it. Really scary.

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Linger is Live

Have been at Linger most of the last couple of weeks, getting loose ends tied up, the kitchen setup and training the staff there. Its ready, and the last set of guests who helped test the place enjoyed their stay there immensely. 


Here's some pics from the last weekend, when a couple of avid birdwatchers/photographers spent time there :

You should come to Linger to take time off, do things you've not done for a long time, and slow down the rush that life's become. The library, the walks, the bikes, the board games, or just putting up your legs and sipping endless chai should all help you do that.....

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Train timings at Carmelaram Railway Station

Posting a mail I received - this can become a major commute option for people living around Sarjapura Road.

Train timings at carmelaram railway station:

Trains going towards salem :

train no 2677  intercity exp                            6 46 am

            6232 mysore mayiladuthurai exp      19 42 hrs
            6732 mysore tuticorin exp                21 59 hours
            6527  Yeshwantpur cannanore exp   20 44 hrs (wed and sat)
            572  bangalore salem passenger       7 54 hrs
                    yeshwantpur salem pasnger    17 00 hrs
                    bangalore dharmapuri              19 13 hrs

Trains going  towards bangalore city, yeshwanthpur,mysore,

train no  2677  intercity                                            18 47 hrs
             mayiladuthurai - mysore exp                        04 30 hrs
             Tuticorin/ mysore exp                                  0515 hrs
             cannore yeshwanthpur                                 05 46 hrs ( mon wed sat)
             Dharmapuri bangalore                                  07 09 hrs
             salem  yeshwanthpur exp                             09 05 hrs
             salem bangalore exp                                   17 11 hrs

it is better to call the railway station for the exact timings for the day the  station num is 28441615

However the express trains are stopping on trial basis only, if the passenger usage is not as per expected levels they would discontinue these stops, request all to use this service and make this service a regular one.

If you live in the vicinity, do explore this. Its gotta be faster than anything else!

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