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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Rain water harvesting BWSSB/Government attitude reeks of Adharma 29 apr-1june 2010

1June 2010,
BWSSB told residents who went to update the RWH database with compliance that the information would be collected by the meter readers themselves!
I guess you are a BWSSB official? since the appellation at the bottom does not clarify how you got my letter?
The whole problem is the attitude of the approach.
You are antagonizing even the law abiding citizens.
You authorities treat citizens like enemies, criminals and preindependence day natives who understand only the language of the danda.
It is time to treat them like your allies.

Some houses especially my neighbors is already
situated such that all the water on his rooftop falls within his generous open earthed 4000 sq ft plot and is resorbed into the ground.
I have already put up necessary pipes to divert all the water to my 30x 20 front lawn with an open bottomed 1000 litre old sump.
What kind of compliance report should we file?
When the meter reader and aide can be the notice bearers why cannot they be the compliance reporters also on your behalf?
Why make customer run up to BWSSB officials doors?

Then why have you put up the list of authorized RWH contractors? and what do you mean there is not sufficient space? according to your plans even a 3x3x3 pit is sufficient. Does not even the smallest of the small sites have a sump that size?
if so they can accommodate a RWH pit. Why are you illegally- you are not authorized by law to disconnect water and sewerage supply- intimidating the customers- obviously the targetted 60,000- with it?
These are the kinds of actions that create unpleasant sense of opacity and underhand dealings in the BWSSB involvement in the entire RWH project even in the sympathetic willing to comply customers eyes.
It is definitely not a sign of transparent functioning.
The threatening attitude of the authorities is in total contrast with the conciliatory note you have sent me.
This confrontational approach will do any good for this already shaky government's popularity.

Kindly direct your meter readers to be the bearers of compliance reports also.
I wonder what action would you threaten me with if I choose not to go to your offices to file a compliance report.
The approach is either voluntary compliance by created awareness or draconian armtwisting which you started out with.
Incidentally the amendment that authorizes you with recovering dues does not talk anything about citizens having to run upto your offices for filing compliance?
Sincerely yours
M B Nataraj

1) 29 Apr 2010, TOI

2)Times of India 30 Apr 2010 page 3 DON’T PANIC, rainwater harvesting is no rocket science Jayashree Nandi TNN Bangalore: Bangloreans, breathe easy. Rainwater harvesting is a simple process. All you have to do is channel rainwater from your roof into the groundwater, recharge or store it and use the water for non-potable purposes. As the May 27 deadline for getting rainwater harvesting (RWH) fixed is fast approaching and with the BWSSB threatening to disconnect water supply, Bangaloreans are concerned about how to get it done. It is a simple process that any trained plumber can do. Usually, rainwater from the roof is drained out through several outlets. In RWH, the idea is to connect all these outlets with pipes and get the water to fall into an underground sump or a well.

3) TOI 8 May 2010 page 5 Breathe easy on rainwater harvesting TIMES NEWS NETWORK Bangalore: With legal complications becoming a hurdle for extension of the deadline for rainwater harvesting, the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has decided to extend the May 27 deadline rather unofficially. “It is difficult to extend the deadline because of legal complications. To extend it, the BWSSB Act has to be changed and it will take at least six months to bring in an amendment,” said a senior legal officer with the BWSSB. He added that there is a long procedure to be followed before it is amended, as it has to be discussed and passed by the cabinet. “Hence, we would extend the deadline unofficially by not imposing any penalty or stop water supply,” he said. BWSSB had set a deadline of May 27. Officials met on Monday and decided to extend the deadline by a month.

4)TOI 13 May 2010 Page 1
Bangalore: Bangaloreans, relax. First, your water bills will not go up at least till summer is over. Second, the BWSSB has extended by two months the May 27 deadline to compulsorily fix rainwater harvesting in your house

5)Bangalore: Bangaloreans can now relax, as the Bangalore Water Supply & Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has decided to extend the May 27 deadline to install rainwater harvesting (RWH) units. With an amendment to the BWSSB Act, the board had made it mandatory for buildings on area of 40 ft x 60 ft and above to install RWH units by May 27, 2010. “The deadline to install rainwater harvesting units will be extended, but we haven’t decided by how many months. Citizens want three more months. A formal notification will be issued by the chairman,’’a senior BWSSB official told TOI. BWSSB convened a meeting on Monday to discuss the pros and cons of people’s requests for extension. A senior engineer, who attended this meeting, said: “After several rounds of discussion, we decided to extend the deadline by a month. We’re flooded with requests to extend it by at least three months. We have to discuss the issue again.” He added there’s not enough stock of pop-up filters required in RWH units because of the demand. “It’ll be another week before the stock is replenished and people are worried about this,” he added. S S Padbidri, president, Malleswaram Swabhimana Initiative, said: “It’s a good initiative to improve the groundwater level. But how will they implement it? They should take people into confidence.” He added that public spaces should be used to install RWH units. At least 60% of public space is not utilized and such places should be considered while implementing this project.

6) 27 May 2010, TOI

Bangalore: Bangaloreans can relax. Wednesday was the last day for installation of rainwater harvesting in your homes, but you may get more time. BWSSB had made it mandatory for all buildings with an area of 40X60 sqft and above to install rainwater harvesting. It had set a deadline of May 27, 2010. It had also threatened to disconnect water supply to those who failed to comply by May 27. “BWSSB chairman has written a letter to the government to extend the deadline with another amendment to the BWSSB Act. It would take some time for amendment because this issue will come up only in the next assembly session. Till then, the deadline has been relaxed and people need not panic,” senior BWSSB officials said.


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