Rain water harvesting plants: DJB could get Rs 87 lakh as penalty from defaulters
In an attempt to make rain water harvesting structures mandatory for all citizens, Delhi Jal Board will start penalising people who have not installed the system even after repeated requests.
According to officials of the Board, the Revenue department has calculated that a penalty of Rs 87 lakh would be collected by the end of this year.
"Under the rain water harvesting (RWH) rules, all existing buildings which are constructed on a plot of 500 sqm or more should have a rain water harvesting plant. We gave time till June and from July we have started the process of penalty," said a senior DJB official.
The official said that both the central and state government have repeatedly requested the citizens to construct RWH systems, but most still have not registered their houses.
"We have found nearly 5,900 consumers who should be penalised," he added.
The Department informed that to give some relaxation to the people, DJB had said that people registering for RWH structures will get 10 per cent incentive in their water bill.
"We do not want to give anymore time because it is not only a violation of law but is also bad for Delhi," the official said.
The Board noted that if it starts the process of collecting penalties, more people will become conscious of the fact.
The official also told Millennium Post that if even people having 100 sqm of land build a RWH plant, the Board will give discount in their water bill.
"We have not made this compulsory for them. So we will not penalise them," the official said.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Water Department will come up with a new water policy where they will make rain water harvesting plants compulsory for government institutes and residential housings.
The Department will ensure that without RWH plants any of these institutes will not get water connection from DJB.