JAIPUR: Residents fighting over drinking water being supplied from their localities to the deficient areas has worried the state government, the MP Mahesh Joshi said on Monday.

In view of water problems faced by the city, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has, until now, given clearance to 30 structures that have water-harvesting systems and are, therefore, capable of water conservation.

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray met BMC Commissioner Subodh Kumar on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the measures to promote rainwater harvesting in the city.

While it is compulsory for existing and new buildings to install rainwater harvesting systems, BMC data revealed only 1,651 buildings in the city had installed the system till May last year.

This latest CGWB report on groundwater scenario in 28 major Indian cities describes the status of water supply and demand, groundwater scenario, feasibility of rain water harvesting, groundwater development strategy, etc. with the help of maps.

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The Legislative Assembly on Thursday passed the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage system (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to make it mandatory for all new buildings in Bangalore to adopt rain water harvesting technique. Besides, all old buildings with above built-up area of more than 2,400 sq ft should adopt the technique within the specified time.

This new Green Townships Rating System by IGBC addresses large developments like integrated townships and satellite cities says that at least 25% of the total built-up area in a township should be earmarked for residential use to qualify for certification.

A final decision on extending the deadline for installation of rainwater harvesting structures in the City buildings is expected in the Cabinet meeting scheduled for Tuesday.

The amendment to Section 72A of the BWSSB Act in August 2009 mandates installation of RWH structures in all new buildings with a sital area of 1,200 sq ft (30X40 ft) and existing buildings of 2,400 sq ft (40X60 by May 27,

Urban housing complexes or institutional buildings have large roof area, which could be used for harvesting the rooftop rainwater to recharge aquifer in urban areas
DEPLETING water bodies and dipping groundwater table have prompted Metro Water to focus on rainwater harvesting to help meet the water necessities of the city, an expert said on Wednesday.

Poornima Nataraj, Bangalore: Aug 9,, DHNS,

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike has come out with a new initiative to promote rainwater harvesting in the City. It has proposed to give two per cent rebate in next year

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