The Karnataka state Legislative Assembly has extended the deadline making it mandatory for citizens in Greater Bangalore to install rainwater harvesting (RWH) systems. The extension, as drawn up in the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage (Amendment) Bill 2011, was approved unanimously by the assembly on 13 January 2011.
In 2009, the state government introduced a bill making RWH compulsory for existing buildings with an area of not less than 223 square metres and for new planned buildings with an area of not less 111 than 1200 square metres. The original deadline of 29 May 2010 has now been extended as “people were finding it difficult to meet”.
“We will give another nine months time after the amendment bill comes into effect. In the meantime we will also take action to create awareness among public about the RMH,” said Law and parliamentary affairs minister and Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) minister S. Suresh Kumarhe.
“Once the amendment takes effect, the BWSSB can extend the deadline just by issuing a circular, a BWSSB official said. Presently, 35,000 buildings in the city have installed RWH. And more people are evincing interest in installing this. The BWSSB has trained 826 people in RWH implementation,” he added.
Related web site: BWSSB – Rain Water Harvesting
Source: Srikanth Hunasavadi, DNA, 14 Jan 2011