Time to scrutinize the water sources

By Accommodation Times Bureau
By Vaibhavi Vasant
Rain water harvesting was made mandatory for buildings built on a plot of more than 300 sq. metres
after 2007. For the first time in past five years, BMC seems to be serious about the rain harvesting
schemes. The building proposals department of the BMC will list out names of all the buildings from
Bandra, Khar and Santa Cruz in H-west ward which have managed to obtain occupation certificates
(OC) showing rain water harvesting schemes on paper but not implemented in actual. The OC of such
buildings can be revoked.

“We have started preparing a list of those buildings, which obtained Occupation Certificates post 2007,
when rainwater harvesting was made mandatory for buildings which were built on a plot of more than
300sq. metres. It will be then handed over to the building and factories department. Officials will visit
the buildings and check whether the system is in place or not. Their report will then be handed over to
the higher authorities and appropriate action will be taken,” Said a senior official.

“I have demanded action against all concerned architects who have submitted fake certificates which
say that rainwater harvesting systems are in place. Similarly action should be taken against civil officials
who approved such plans and signed on completion certificates without verifying facts,” said Tushar
Aphale, office bearer of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena(MNS) and a civic activist from Bandra.

BMC agreeing to scrutinize the situation was an outcome of right to information filed by Aphale. “I was
shocked to learn that the BMC does not have any records of how many buildings have the rainwater
harvesting schemes in place in Bandra. They didn’t have information about buildings which are using the
facility,” said Aphale.

However, it’s quite surprising the readiness of BMC to take a step further to rectify their mistake. The
idea is not to punish anyone, but to ensure that water is conserved, he added.

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