Chandigarh, October 13
With the fast depletion in the groundwater table, rainwater harvesting has become an important mission all over the world. Keeping this in view, the Chandigarh administration is making efforts in this direction. It plans to cover all residential and non-residential public and private buildings with the system in a year.

Disclosing details, Superintending Engineer, Public Health, SC Sharma, said, “The rainwater harvesting system has been installed at the State Judicial Academy, Sector 43, the EDC Building, IT Park, the UT Guest House, Sector 6, the Office Building, Sector 11, and the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, at an estimated cost of Rs 48.84 lakh. Work is under progress at seven other government buildings, including the Deluxe Building, Sector 9, the Additional Deluxe Building, Sector 9, the Paryavaran Bhawan, Sector 19, the Government College, Sector 46, the Government College for Boys, Sector 11, the Skating Rink, Sector 10, and the High Court, Sector 1, at an estimated cost of Rs 121.40 lakh. Estimates for about 60 government buildings, comprising all government colleges, 42 government schools, 11 police stations, one police lines and public and government residential buildings, are under process for approval.”

The UT Finance-cum-Urban Planning Secretary, Sanjay Kumar, said, “The demand for water is growing at an exponential rate because of the staggering increase in population. In order to meet the ever-increasing demand for water and to replicate the water table, simple measures like rainwater harvesting, groundwater recharging, minimal wastage of water and unintended wastage can go a long way.”

The administration appealed to comply with orders of the administration for providing rainwater harvesting in all private commercial, institutional and residential buildings on a plot of one kanal and above.

Source: Tribune News Service