Civic body’s rainwater harvesting proposal to cover fewer new bldgs
MUMBAI: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which has failed to ensure that all developers and owners of new properties have mandatorily installed rainwater harvesting systems, now plans to change the definition of projects that would have to follow the norm. In its draft Development Control Regulations (DCR) 2034, the civic body has proposed to increase the area of plots supposed to mandatorily have rainwater harvesting systems from 300 square metres to 500 square metres.
It effectively means fewer new constructions and redeveloped projects will have to follow the norm. In 2007, the BMC had made it mandatory for new buildings above 300 square metres of plot area to install rainwater harvesting system.
The Hindustan Times had reported on Tuesday how almost a decade after the BMC made it mandatory for new buildings in the city to have their own rainwater harvesting systems, only one-thirds have installed it.
Between June 2007 and December 2015, 1,848 new buildings have got the systems on their premises. But according to BMC estimates, at least 5,000 new constructions were approved during the same period. It means only 36% of the new buildings have followed the norms.