Due to the scarcity of water in many residential as well as commercial buildings, the Nashik administration has directed all the complexes to focus on the strict implementation of rainwater harvesting system. If a society or complex will not follow the rules, stringent action will be taken against them. The order has been recently issued by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in which they have asked all the local governing bodies to apply it as soon as possible.
According to the NGT order, those residential societies and commercial complexes, hospitals, educational institutes, industries, and other organisations, which will not follow the rules and regulations, could face a fine up to Rs5 lakh.
Elaborating on the same a senior NMC official said, “From now onwards, to receive a building completion, a project need have rainwater harvesting. Otherwise, we will not issue the same. The civic officials have noticed that in many buildings the pit dug for rainwater harvesting is covered with concrete,”
He further said that due to non-provision of checking rainwater harvesting system, we have to file a complaint with the NGT, so that strict policy can be made. The administration thinks that the current order will help the civic body in solving the water scarcity problem in the city.
Welcoming the move of the civic body, an environmentalist said that the maw hade rainwater harvesting system mandatory in all the societies and complexes. Still many don’t follow this rule. If the system will not be activated soon, the groundwater table will go down. The NMC must implement the law before the rainy season so as to increase the groundwater level and to prevent water scarcity in the city.