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50 builders to be surveyed for rainwater harvesting pits

Gurugram: In the biggest campaign under Jalshakti initiative, the district administration has formed 56 teams to survey that all the builder societies have rainwater harvesting pits and there are no illegal borewells. The project will be surveyed by the deputy commissioner Amit Khatri. Fifty builders were served notices to ensure that there were rainwater harvesting pits in their residential colonies or buildings. The teams started conducting inspection on Friday in areas along Golf Course Road, Sohna Road, MG Road, Southern Peripheral Road and sectors along Dwarka Expressway.

The inspection will be part of the Jalshakti Abhiyan that is being carried out under the supervision of district administration against illegal pumping of groundwater and operation of illegal borewells in Gurugram. RS Bhath, the district town planner, said that 56 teams will check the provisions and functionality of rainwater harvesting systems in private colonies. "Large condominium complexes and plotted colonies have been identified on major roads and assigned to each team which shall visit there and find the status of RWH systems in respective areas," he said.

Bhath said that they had started working in June towards compliance of rainwater harvesting rules after they received directions from the headquarters in Chandigarh about implementing the zero rainwater discharge system for Gurugram. "We are already working on how to integrate the RWH structures in private colonies and use of recycled water for different activities so that rainwater is not wasted," he said, adding rainwater harvesting structures are part of the sanctioned building plan and need to be constructed.

A high profile meeting was convened by Amit Khatri, commissioner of Municipal Corporation of Gurugram, who directed every executive engineer to seal minimum 20 illegal borewells. To effectively implement the Zero Rainwater Discharge plan, the department of town and country planning (DTCP) has decided to ensure that individual houses, group housing complexes, and commercial buildings in private colonies have a functional rainwater harvesting system as

per rules.

Occupancy certificates of properties that violate the rules prescribed for rainwater harvesting, will be cancelled, said KM Pandurang, director of DTCP.

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