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North corporation's bid for water harvesting

delhi Updated: Jul 17, 2013 00:21 IST
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The North Delhi Municipal Corporation is all set to conduct water harvesting in all its parks, dispensaries, baraat ghars, schools, hospitals and community centres.

The civic body on Tuesday passed a resolution to combat the problem of receding water level, which according to corporators, has gone down over 100ft.

Leader of the House in the North civic body Mahender Nagpal, who brought the resolution at the meeting on Tuesday, said water harvesting was need of the hour.

"The water level of the city has gone down alarmingly over the years. There is an urgent need to get the water level up and only innovations will help. From now, all parks, dispensaries, baraat ghars, schools, hospitals and community centres under our jurisdiction will have water harvesting systems," Nagpal said. He said the commissioner will now take necessary action to make the resolution effective.

According to a senior official, water harvesting is already compulsory for all new buildings.

"In 2012, the Delhi cabinet had in-principle approved a proposal to make the system mandatory for all new constructions. The government had asked the Delhi Jal Board to come up with guidelines on the issue. Earlier, the government had proposed that proper water connections should be issued to buildings with rainwater harvesting systems," the official said.