Road Flush

India has diverse customs and traditions as a result of diverse culture. Some of them extremely peculiar. Most Kannadigas splash water in their courtyards (residence) or in front of the entrances (commercial establishment). Obviously, it’s to wash away the dust and dirt. Commercial buildings are left at that. However, if it is a residential building, women from the family paints beautiful kolams on the floor. It is a very lovely custom practiced here.

Source: Sridhar Rao Chaganti (Flickr )

Source: Sridhar Rao Chaganti (Flickr )

Another typical yet peculiar custom performed exclusively, by the water suppliers is washing every road they pass; a practice they observe dutifully. They have been washing roads since the time water supplying vehicles were manufactured in the country.

It’s a ridiculous problem faced by Karnataka and many other states, as if facing water scarcity and water mafias weren’t enough.

The quantity of water wasted while transporting and transferring is unbelievable. Most of these cheaply made circular drums leaks so awfully, that the roads get literally cleaned. A large pipeline is connected and disconnected at very point the water is sold. The water-supply vehicles have one inlet on the top and two outlet valves in the rear. If the driver is not careful to secure the pipe properly, the water will be leaking in several places. And if the driver is extremely careless while securing the pipe to the outlet, gallons of water will be wasted. The outlet is few inches in diameter, so even 10 seconds is long enough to waste a significant amount of water.

If you happen to be behind the water supplying vehicle, which is about to near a speed bump ahead, you are sure to see water spurting from the outlet; squirting away like a happy whale. Funny thing about Bangalore’s residential lanes, is that a kilometer distance has at least 10-15 speed bumps. Apart from millions of speed bumps, Bangalore is gifted with unfathomable potholes. By the time water reaches the consumers, precariously trundling along the bumpy roads, there will be at least a quarter level dip in the water.

Poorly designed so-called water trucks , sorrier than ever state of the roads and the wonderfully irresponsible people in charge…what a mind blowing mess !


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