Cabinet to decide on RWH deadline

Water harvesting structures installed in 15,000 buildings

The amendment to Section 72A of the BWSSB Act in August 2009 mandates installation of RWH structures in all new buildings with a sital area of 1,200 sq ft (30X40 ft) and existing buildings of 2,400 sq ft (40X60 by May 27, 2010.

While the structures have been installed in about 15,000 buildings, the owners of the rest have sought more time to comply. A RWH structure costs anywhere between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000.

The Board had submitted a proposal to the government to extend the deadline in view of the plea from the public.  Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting would decide on the additional time to be granted following which the legislation will have to be amended once again.

Waste water treatment

The Cabinet is expected to give administrative approval for sanction of funds to install waste water treatment plants at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute Hospital, Victoria Hospital and Bowring and Lady Curzon hospitals.

The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board had issued notices to these hospitals for not installing the plants. The government is expected to grant approval for release of Rs 8.39 crore to install the plants and another Rs 3.39 crore for clearing BWSSB dues.

Other issues that are likely to come up before the Cabinet are withdrawal of police cases registered in connection with riots and protests at different places, UGC pay scale for staff of BEd Colleges, increase in quantum of compensation to those who part with their land for KIADB and extension of Vajapayee Arogya Sree scheme to districts in Belgaum division.

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