Berhampur, November 5 (LocalWire): The Berhampur Development Authority (BeDA) has asked all owners of houses built after the year 2000 to comply with the rainwater harvesting norms as mandated under the Odisha Development Act (ODA).
The civic body has also said that a penalty of Rs three lakh will be imposed under the ODA against those who fail to comply with the norm within the stipulated period.
The ODA mandates that all households built in the Silk City after the year 2000 must necessarily have a rainwater harvesting structure.
“We have already served notice to over 14 persons for violating the ODA and constructing houses without the rainwater harvesting structure,” BeDA vice-chairman Chakravarti Singh Rathore said.
He further informed that the BeDA has approved around 5,000 housing projects since the year 2000 and most of the households do not have water-harvesting structures.
“Earlier the BeDA had also written to the banks to close the housing loan accounts of customers who had built houses without water harvesting structure,” he stated.
Rathore further informed that almost all the buildings constructed by the Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) and BeDA have rainwater harvesting structures, while some other government buildings have also set up rainwater harvesting structures.
“The BeDA has decided to implement the Act strictly to partially solve the water-logging problem in the city. According to a study, water harvesting in the city can help absorb rainwater and also recharge the groundwater,” he said.
During the recent incessant rains for three days, several areas including Gandhi Nagar, Gajapati Nagar, Neeladri Bihar, Haradakhandi and Old Berhampur were inundated due to rainwater causing much difficulty to the residents in the area.
Meanwhile, the BeDA has also served notice to 32 households who have allegedly constructed the buildings by encroaching upon the drains.