Subsidy to aid declining drought-ridden pilgrimage, Puttaparthi
Posted by robertpriddy on April 3, 2016
Eileen Weed (‘Divya’) reports that even when she was in Puttaparthi, tensions ran high regarding the low groundwater. Her building was one of three on our street that still had water, due to the bore wells running dry. Reports from her contacts there tell that the situation is yet more critical than ever. Also, large areas of Delhi and Mumbai, people have been buying water from water tankers for years now. Despite the populist promises made by Prime Minister Modi, India still suffers from many of the same major ills as before. Vast areas suffer from water shortage and drought:-
Soutik Biswas Delhi correspondent to BBC News writes On 11 March, panic struck engineers at a giant power station on the banks of the Ganges river in West Bengal state. authorities were forced to suspend generation at the 2,300-megawatt plant in Farakka town causing shortages in India’s power grid. “Never before have we shut down the plant because of a shortage of water,” says Milan Kumar, a senior plant official.
The Ganges supports a quarter of India’s 1.3 billion people, and evidence about declining water levels is mounting, along with waning health due to stinking effluents, sewage and dead bodies. The river has receded year by year, sandbars appearing, and very little can be done about it.
Despite this, The Andhra Pradesh government, in its attempt to make Puttaparthi into a dollar-earning tourist attraction, has now invested 1 crore of rupees in a new Cultural Auditorium planned to be built in Puttaparthi. The star of Sathya Sai Baba has been falling rapidly since even before his untimely death and Puttaparthi it became a virtual ghost town for most of each year and the crisis has extended to nearly all institutions there. Added to that is the competition from Muddenahalli, where Sai Baba is now claimed to be giving darshan via an intermediary – one of his former student ‘intimates’ (i.e so-called “form boys”) and what crowd there still are flock there rather than to Puttaparthi.
Sai Baba and extreme water scarcity in Anantapur for years
Water projects in Rayalaseema and for Chennai – Sathya Sai Baba
Water scarcity and its cause according to SSB
Sathya Sai Drinking Water project re-inaugurated yet again
Sathya Sai Drinking Water ProjectSSB Water Project failure in Puttaparthi, 2006