Thursday, Oct 23, 2014

MC buildings fail to install rainwater harvesting system

The water purifier lying unused for the past two years at the MC’s Zone D office in Ludhiana. The water purifier lying unused for the past two years at the MC’s Zone D office in Ludhiana.
Written by Divya Goyal | Ludhiana | Posted: February 26, 2014 12:25 am

While the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is all set to spend Rs 3 lakh on installation of two rainwater recharging wells at the mayor’s camp office near Rose Garden, the fact remains that after years of making a proposal, it has failed to implement the system in its zonal office buildings.

The finance and contractual committee (F&CC) recently passed an estimate of Rs 3 lakh for two rainwater recharging wells to be constructed at the mayor’s office. Similar proposals were prepared around two years back for making rooftop rainwater harvesting system at the MC’s zonal office in Sarabha Nagar.

Not only this, the MC is also charging a security amount of Rs 50,000 from commercial buildings of more than 500 square yards and Rs 25,000 from less than 500 square yards to get rainwater harvesting system installed in their buildings. But it has failed to follow its own rules.

A water purifier installed on the rooftop of Zone D Sarabha Nagar office has also been lying non-functional for the past two years. The purifier worth lakhs of rupees was installed with much fanfare to provide clean drinking water to the MC employees.
So far, the MC has not done any survey to know the exact number of buildings in the city with rainwater harvesting system. As per new building bye-laws of 2010, it is mandatory to have a rainwater harvesting system in the building.

MC passes the buck

Dharam Singh, head of building branch, passed the buck to Manjit Singh, superintendent engineer, O&M cell. Singh said, “The water purifier is under repair and I don’t know its exact status because it has been many years since it was installed.”

They even failed to tell if at all MC buildings had the rainwater harvesting system installed or not.

When contacted, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said, “I don’t know why earlier estimates were not implemented but now we are going to start afresh from the mayor’s office. I will also instruct officials to get the purifier repaired.

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