State mulling mandatory rainwater harvesting

State mulling mandatory rainwater harvesting

The government is expected to bring in a Bill to this effect in the next budget session.

Minister for Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) Katta Subramanya Naidu, on Thursday, said if rainwater harvesting system was adopted strictly 45 per cent of water requirement would be fulfiled. Besides residences, the government would insist that industries, commercial establishments, schools and government offices should have the system.

The government would allocate funds in the next budget for the programme. The government would consider constructing tanks to store rainwater for a longer time.

The minister said the government had taken up revival of 31 tanks in Bangalore. The work would come to an end in the next six months. As many as 135 tanks in and around Bangalore would be revived in a phased manner. Once all the tanks were revived, the board would get around 1,000 MLD of water for non-potable purposes by 2011.

Asked whether BWSSB would revise water tariff following increase in power supply charges, the minister said there was no such proposal before the State Government.

Film awards

Naidu, who also holds Information portfolio, said the film awards for the year 2008 would be presented in a function to be held in Bangalore next month.

Naidu, replying to a question, said the JD(S) and the Congress were dreaming about dethroning BJP government. “The Opposition parties should understand that their dreams will not be fulfiled. Differences in the party are our internal matter. Senior leaders of the party will attend to it,” he said.