As Bengaluru Struggles With Water Woes, Kerala Minister Invites Tech Firms To Coastal State – News18

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Last Updated: March 27, 2024, 21:03 IST
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Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) is taking strict actions against water wastage. (Photo: PTI file)
Amidst the Bengaluru water crisis, Kerala Industries and Law Minister P Rajeeve has invited IT companies of the city to the state. In his invite, the minister highlighted Kerala’s abundant water resources as a major advantage while comparing it with Bengaluru’s daily water shortage of 500 million litres.
In a conversation with Economic Times, P Rajeeve said, “After we read reports of the water crisis in Bengaluru, we wrote to the IT companies offering them all facilities as well as plenty of water.”
He further said, “We have 44 rivers, big and small, in our state, so water is not an issue at all.”
This remark by the Kerala minister comes as India’s IT hub, Bengaluru faces massive water scarcity. Amidst the city’s woes, other cities are attempting to strengthen their game in the IT industry.
According to a Times of India report, Kerala is showcasing their strength in infrastructure including existing tech parks in Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode. Infact, the state also has a well-connected network of airports, roads, railways, and ports, thereby making it an attractive location.
The state’s Industries and Law Minister Rajeeve refused to name specific companies being targeted, but he mentioned ongoing discussions and Kerala’s ambition to become a hub like “Silicon Valley”.
“We want to develop our entire state on the lines of Silicon Valley. We have several advantages to host the tech sector, including a vast talent pool of technology graduates,” Rajeeve added.
Bengaluru and parts of Karnataka are facing the worst water crisis caused by the failure of both southwest and northeast monsoons in the state. The metropolitan city has seen declining groundwater levels, diminishing reservoirs, dried bore wells and water supply cuts.


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