Water Shortage-‘Goli Baje’, ‘Podi’ served on Paper Plates at Hotels

Mangaluru: For my morning breakfast or little later during the morning time I go to one of my favourite restaurants in the city-but visiting this restaurant on Sunday morning after Mass, I was surprised to see that my steaming hot “Idli with chutney” and bisi bisi “Goli Baje” was served on a paper plate instead of regular steel plates, and drinking water served in a tiny paper cup. With curiosity I asked the steward, how come they were serving food and water in paper plates/cups and not as usual in steel plates. He replied saying that the restaurant was facing acute water shortage and quite a variety of the snacks were being served on paper plates. Since there was not enough water to wash steel plates and other utensils, we have switched temporarily to paper plates, till we get enough supply of water”.


Yes, the scarcity of water supply by MCC has affected not only the residents but also hotels and restaurants owners, who are facing lot of inconveniences. As per a report published in a National English daily, Swarna Sunder, vice-president, Dakshina Kannada Hotels and Restaurants’ Association has said that some hotels had introduced eco-friendly bio-plates made from Arecanut sheaths or Arecanut leaf plates. But this did not go down well with many customers who are yet to get accustomed to it. Due to the river Netravathi drying up, it has hit hotels, restaurants and lodges in Mangaluru, with the owners of middle-class hotels and restaurants worst hit. Many of them can’t even depend on private tankers anymore as many of them are either getting too many requests or have been hired by Mangaluru City Corporation to supply water.

Speaking to Mangalorean.com, one restaurant owner on Balmatta Road said, ” This water scarcity has really hit our business during the busy season, when tourists visit this coastal city. I have during the past few days spent a lot of money hiring tankers to supply water, and the worst part is that these private owners of water tankers are charging enormously. and our city authorities have done nothing to stop them from over-charging. If the water scarcity lasts for long, I may shut my restaurant till everything gets back on track. I can’t make money to please and serve my customers by shelling out more just ion water”.


It is also learnt that the flow of customers to hotels has also increased with the tourist season beginning. Also that the hotels and restaurants are getting some extra customers as many people who are unable to cook at home due to water shortage visit eatery places for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Summer is the time many owners of Hotels and lodges in the City earn enough revenue to continue their businesses during non-season time, like monsoons. The present water shortage has made this difficult as they don’t have profits to fall back on. But those hotels/restaurants having bore-wells, open wells or the capacity to hire a large number of tankers have not been affected. Water scarcity has hit about 600 hotels and restaurants, excluding bars, visited mostly by the middle class. As such hotels and restaurants remain open from early morning to late evening, they require huge quantities of water.

In the meantime as the water level at Thumbay vented dam has dipped down to 6.5ft, the Mayor of MCC has assured the residents of all 60 wards in the city that they will get water supplied through tankers. The civic body has also identified other sources from where water can be drawn to meet any contingency. The Mayor has also said that water from Thumbay vented dam will be drawn till the water level reaches 3.5ft, as against a maximum of 13 ft. But water can’t be drawn below 3.5 ft as the inlet point then encounters silt. Only way the water problem could be solved once rain God comes to the rescue of the people, blessing them with heavy showers. Let’s Pray!

Note : Pictures for illustration only


  1. Welcome to ‘smart city’ that can’t even properly manage a critical resource (water) that is abundantly available for most of the year!!! Our ‘smart city’ folks seem to be unaware of water harvesting practices that are openly available in public domain!! I guess they are too busy promoting how ‘smart’ they are!!

    • “Welcome to ‘smart city’ that can’t even properly manage a critical resource (water) that is abundantly available for most of the year!!! Our ‘smart’ city folks seem to be unaware of water harvesting practices…….. lah dee dah” – namma Kudla’da Murudu Rampe

      Unlike you, I ENSURE that I read EVERY comma and triple exclamation marks that you post because they add masala/oggarane soppu to your never ending Jokes. 🙂

      Yes, you mean to say that water was in plenty in M’lore – some 20 years back before you took a ‘manji’ from Bunder and landed in Boston? 😉 HOWEVER, that’s NOT the case now. See, this is exactly what happens when YOU come ONCE in 10 years & that too spends 4 and a half days outta 7 sitting beside the Murudu statues banging on his beloved Mridaaangaaam. (Did I get the ‘ispelling’ right, ya, Rampuji?)

      Ok.. H2O harvesting techniques are available on the net. So, WHY didn’t the SMARTEST nation on this earth – Yumreeka didn’t? Illiteracy? Complacency? ‘MACK in Yumreeka’? Take a good look, sirji:



      Is THAT in Somalia or in Yumreeka?

      See ya, you simple-minded Yumreeki Rampa…. JUST stop calling India a 3rd world country (you came from there itself, and, as sure as the corns and carbuncles on the bare-footed holy sages feet that walked the lengths & breadths of our beloved Akhaaaaandaaa Bharathaaaaa (‘ispelling’ right no, Rampa? ;)) , EVEN your BODDAppanna had & has HUGE problems. Problems & issues so far and so wide…. that they SURPASS all other itsy bitsy probs.. like unpaid wages, holding back PP’s etc, child trafficking, rampant sex-trade, Ponzi schemes, drugs, police brutality, fatal shootings, schizoid zombies (remnants of what were once ‘soldiers), lah dee dah… bah blah blah.

      The point is – JUSt stop cherry picking. Artha aanda ya, Rampa?

  2. “However that’s not the case now..” writes Joker Pinto.

    So, are you saying that average rainfall has dropped in the past 20 years? Or, are you saying that consumption has gone up in 20 years to a point where it is impossible to meet the water demand?

    Let’s wait and see what joker says. 🙂 Well, this won’t be first time I have forced him into a checkmate!! LOL

    • Joker’ji, WHAT happened in the LAND of the PLENTY? Did the avg rainfall drop or DID the consumption (oh no.. it ain’t grass.. and it ain’t beer.. and it ain’t guns for sure)..GO up?

      Tents in Chicago…homeless people everywhere… parched land….(and I won’t even speak about drugs and guns and prostitution – the MAIN economy DRIVERS of the USA)…

      man… DOUBLE checkmate! You silly Tw**! 🙂 EVERy time you speak, you expose your silly RSS from pseudo Akhandaaaaaa Bharathaaaa and then, OPEN up your backside to take in salvo’s in your pseudo yumreeki one. Manu was RIGHT! The top-gun can take PLENTY up in the backside and STILL manage a grin although he grimaces! Ahem! 🙂

      Lol… go back to my allegedly REJECTED Yumreeki ‘eeza’. JUST bcoz your Nendrakai Podi’s ‘eeza’ got into the dog-pound, you have a bad bad ‘Bhagna Swapna’. poor you. That joker runs around in circles. And you, his yumreeki bhaktha.. you run round him… Perfect concentric circles!

  3. The gibberish that joker Praveena posted in response to my two simple questions shows how easily you can force him into a checkmate in any policy related debates!! smiles… I just asked him to explain his position and he came back blaming Doddanna!! Remember the saying – “Oooota Aayitha andare mundaasu muvathu moLa” LOL This report is on mangalooru and my comments were on mangalooru. My questions were also on mangalooru. But he starts talking about California, chicago, prostitution, visa and everything else except answering my questions!!! LOL LOL

    • Rampa, wake up darling. Mwaaaah. Yuck! Alsande.. day b4’s saaru…. yes saar? I’m surprised that the all yumreeki …… LOVES it.

      Wasn’t it YOU who wanted to know names of idiots caught for smuggling gold at MIA?

      Do my posts about BoddaPPAnna dilute the facts – irrespective of the tab or topic I post it in? Sigh! What an …….. we have out here.

      Say, make it a point to take your Yumreeki ‘Wipe’ and ABCD’s to see those Murudu statues, k?

      Globe travels will arrange it for you.

    • RampaNNA, is it true that Anandi Ben was denied a passport because she didn’t possess a marriage certificate? Is it true that she is given no financial support?

      Say, why does our Nendrakai Podi boast that he has a 56″ waist? oops…. I mean… chest? if his tailor is to be believed, his chest is 44 inches, waist 41″ and paunch a ‘humble’ 45″. Ahem.

      Oh yeah… start hallucinating about my allegedly ‘rejected’ Yumreeki visa, plz. I simply can’t get enough of it. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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