Thiruvananthapuram

Percolation pits mandatory in Tvm district

Faced with the daunting prospect of severe water shortage, the district administration has decided to make mandatory percolation pits at all households having area above 200 sq.m. within May 31.

The District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), which met on Tuesday, decided to strictly enforce the provisions pertaining to rainwater harvesting under the Kerala Municipality Building Rules, 1999. The steps were being adopted to augment ground water and prevent rainwater from being unutilised.

Addressing a press conference, District Collector K. Vasuki, who is also the chairperson of the DDMA, said that percolation pits of area 2 sq.m. will be mandatory for all plots above 200 sq.m. and having slopes less than or equal to 20 degrees. For plots above 300 sq.m., at least 1% of the total area must be reserved as percolation area, she added.

The decision of the DDMA is based of various recommendations including the Hazard Vulnerability Assessment Report, prepared by the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation. An order in this regard will come into effect on Wednesday and a deadline of May 31 has been set to comply with the requirement.

According to district panchayat president V.K. Madhu, the co-chair of the DDMA, permits for new constructions will be issued only after ensuring that the necessary area has been reserved for percolation pits. The rule will be strictly enforced for apartments as well, he said.

He added that soak pits were being constructed in existing houses under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. The standard percolation pit should be 3 ft long, 3 ft wide and 3 ft deep, Mr. Madhu said.

All officials concerned, including the secretaries of the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation and municipalities in the district will be required to conduct inspections every month and submit reports to the District Collector.

Mr. Madhu pointed out that the district witnessed a significant fall of 46% in rainfall when compared to the last year. As part of the rainwater conservation efforts, the district authorities have prepared a master plan as well as an action plan. Over 1500 farm ponds have been created in the district under the Jalasree project aimed at finding a sustainable solution to drinking water scarcity. Besides, the wells in the premises of around 900 schools were being recharged.

He added that the activities aimed at setting up rainwater harvesting arrangements will be coordinated by the Haritha Keralam Mission. (EOM/SBG)

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