The last drop of Bangalore

As a global information technology center and Indian engine of growth, Bangalore is experiencing severe water supply shortages. For 20 years, the city has been drip-fed thanks to groundwater pumping, which is expected to be depleted in 2025. While the water tanker business is booming, some neighborhoods are being abandoned. In fact, India is facing a tough choice because it did not act in time: favor Bangalore, rampant urbanization, the development of the tertiary sector and IT. Or irrigated agriculture and the green revolution, essential for the country’s food security. Reportage in a city on the edge of an ecological bankruptcy.


Photo : Laurent Weyl

texte : Sébastien Daycard-Heid