India’s water scarcity issues in rural areas have doubled during the pandemic as with complete lockdown, travel restrictions have often prevented villagers to walk kilometres for water. But the scarcity is not just in villages, India’s cities too have been bearing the brunt of water shortage. One of the country’s top tier cities, Bengaluru, despite possessing advanced infrastructure, roads and a top tech hub, struggles with the acute shortage of water, especially during the summer season.
A report by Niti Aayog had underlined the severity of the matter saying the city will soon run out of water. At a crucial time like this, to help make clean drinking water available to locals, a Bengaluru-based app has joined hands with the local vendors to make drinking water available to residents in the city.
The brainchild of entrepreneur Puja Tiwari, the application aims to lessen the distance between consumers and water vendors amid a surging water shortage problem the city faces. Launched in July 2020, the app connects consumers with local water vendors who then supply them with delivery of water bottles, cans, and tankers by tracking through the application, YourStory reported.
Deepak D, who met Puja through business connections also joined the start-up later and is now a co-founder of Neerwalla. Puja reportedly told YourStory that she herself faced several issues while looking up for water vendors, which prompted her to come up with a direct solution to the problem, something which will be very local in its approach.
The application, which directly connects water vendors to consumers A serial entrepreneur also let’s one track the delivery. Although the app is used to track vendors, the delivery persons are provided by the water vendors.