Berhampur, July 16 (LocalWire): Berhampur Development Authority (BeDA) has decided to strictly enforce the construction of rainwater harvesting (RWH) structure in all newly constructed houses under the Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) limits.
“The civic body will write to different banks in the city soon asking them not to clear the housing loans of the borrowers unless the house owner constructs the rainwater harvesting structure,” BeDA vice- chairman and BeMC commissioner Chakravarti Singh Rathore said.
Though BeDA has made rainwater harvesting mandatory for building plan approval in the Berhampur Municipal Corporation limits, it has been reported that many house owners do not comply with the requirement despite seeking approval based on the plan for RWH, Rathore stated.
This decision was taken at the coordination meeting of BeDA and BeMC held recently.
“We will not allow the house owner to occupy the newly-constructed house unless it has the provisions for RWH,” he added.
Almost all government buildings that have been constructed during the last five years have the RWH structures, while some old government buildings have already built the facility, the sources said.
“Water harvesting is important to prevent waste of rainwater, which also causes water-logging, while recharging of ground water can help solve the nagging drinking water problem in the city,” Rathore said, adding that besides enforcing RWH structures in new buildings, the civic body would also encourage owners of already constructed houses to build facility for rain water harvesting.
The state government has also made provision for subsidy in the construction of RWH structures for houses, sources said.
Rainwater harvesting involves collection, filtering and use of rainwater, which falls on the rooftop –terrace or tiled roof – and in the portico of the house.
It can be adopted through recharging of bore-wells near the house.
Recharging of bore-wells should be done to prevent them from drying up and to improve their water table.
The decision of BeDA assumes significance since Berhampur faces acute shortage of potable water during the peak summer period.