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Rainwater harvesting made must in Udupi

Hephsiba Rani Korlapati, Deputy Commissioner, chairing a meeting on water conservation in Udupi on Wednesday.  

The district administration has made rainwater harvesting compulsory for those constructing houses in the urban and rural areas of Udupi district. Completion certificate would not be given to owners if the facility was not included in the house plan.

These decisions were taken at a meeting on water conservation campaign, chaired by Deputy Commissioner Hephsiba Rani Korlapati, at the District Offices Complex here.

Ms. Korlapati said houses that were already under construction should take up rainwater harvesting. Those that are yet to be constructed should include the facility in their main plan. If the houses did not have it, then the gram panchayats and the urban local bodies should not give them licence for construction.

Water scarcity

She said that plans should be drawn to harvest rainwater into open wells, borewells or percolation pits. There was severe water scarcity in many places in the recent summer. Hence, rainwater harvesting has to be made compulsory.

The administration would keep a vigil on the number of houses, which were being permitted for construction in the district, the houses which have got constructed and how many of them have rainwater harvesting facility. This information would be also published for the benefit of general public, she said.

Ms. Korlapati directed the officers to protect the traditional sources of water in the district and also to increase their water retention capacity. The urban local bodies should develop ponds and tanks under their jurisdiction.

The officers in Udupi municipality should choose five wards and provide five saplings for planting for each house in these wards. An engineer should be appointed as nodal officer for these wards to implement this plan. By the end of July, at least 20,000 saplings should be planted in these five wards.

The Urban Development Authority should see to it that that there was proper drainage and rainwater harvesting facility before approving any private layout, Ms. Korlapati said.

The Department of Horticulture would give free training on creating and maintaining terrace gardens to those who implement the rainwater harvesting, said Bhuvaneshwarai, Deputy Director of Horticulture.

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