Civic body’s rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing pro­posal to cover fewer new bldgs

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Tanushree Venka­tra­man tanushree.venka­tra­man@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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