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Crackdown on builders flouting rainwater harvesting norms

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, October 09, 2012
First Published: 01:10 IST(9/10/2012) | Last Updated: 01:11 IST(9/10/2012)

Your builder’s in trouble if he failed to build a rainwater harvesting system after promising one to get an occupation certificate.

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The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has now ordered a probe into all occupation certificates (OC) issued by the civic body in the last 10 years against promised rainwater harvesting systems.

This comes after several corporators alleged that officials of the civic building proposal department had handed out OCs despite there being no rainwater harvesting system installed. The Hindustan Times had, in May, reported how 50% of the buildings built after the norms came into effect in 2002 had actually built rainwater harvesting systems.

According to latest civic figures, of the total 6,855 buildings built since 2002, 3,002 have been given an OC, while the rest still have to get one.

Mayor Sunil Prabhu ordered the civic administration to conduct an inquiry into the issue. Reacting to this, additional municipal commissioner Rajiv Jalota said, “We will be appointing three officials to conduct an inquiry to find out how many buildings having an OC don’t have an RWH system despite proposing to build one. We will submit the report in three months and decide the course of action against both builders and officials then.”

In 2002, the BMC had made it mandatory for every building occupying a plot of more than 1,000 square metres to install an RWH system. In a 2008 government resolution (GR), the state revised this norm to fit buildings occupying more than 300 sqm. The scheme has largely failed to take off.

Corporators on Monday said that even those that have been given an OC didn’t have any RWH system installed. NCP corporator Dr Sayeeda Khan, said, “Even though we had made it compulsory for every new building in the city to have such a system, builders are only showing this on paper.”


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