BWSSB IS TAKING ACTION ON APARTMENTS WHICH HAVE MORE THAN 20 UNITS AND DOES NOT HAVE SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANTS and THE BESCOM MUST TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION AGAINST THE ILLEGAL AND UNAUTHORISED BUILDINGS AND ITS OWNERS
Over 3, 800 apartments, which have more than 20 dwelling units, have been penalized by BWSSB for not having installed STPs, which was mandated through a Government Order (GO) in January. The penalties cross Rs. 1.69 crore and will continue each month until a functional STP is installed.
While the number of buildings may not drastically increase further — as officials are still verifying the number of dwelling units in smaller apartment complexes —
BWSSB has also started issuing notices to apartments where installed STPs are not functioning.
The fines complement the drives against houses (built after 2011 and on plots of 30 ft X 40 ft or above) which have not installed rainwater harvesting systems. Since July, around Rs. 70 lakh have been collected as fines from over 3,500 houses.
On January 19, in a gazette notification, the Department of Forest, Ecology ad Environment had noted the flow the raw sewage into storm water drains and lakes of the city, and had made mandatory reuse of sewage water at the source. BWSSB was to implement the order, while other civic agencies were to sanction projects only if STPs are part of the design plan.
However, since the penalising started, objections are pouring in from various apartment associations.
Some have stated and argued that The order is impractical. There is a constraint of space to build an STP which requires 20 ft X 50 ft space. How will you find this space in existing apartments? Moreover, the entire plumbing has to be redone to reuse the water. Financing STP and maintaining it is also a challenge.
In such a case, who will treat the sewage let out by these apartments and at whose cost?
In fact, Apartments have not been permitted to be constructed in sites measuring 20 feet X 30 feet or 30 feet X 40 feet or 40 feet X 60 feet and apartments are permitted in 50 feet X 80 feet with 1.75 FAR or 2.00 FAR allowing or permitting them to construct only 7,000 sft or 8,000 sft, where, 20 apartments cannot be constructed. 8 to 12 or 16 apartments of 1 bhk or 2 bhk can be built on 50 feet X 80 feet and there are over 24 apartments, discharging approximately about 12,000 litres of domestic sewage into communal drains, which are designed to take only 2,000 litres to 4,000 litres and the honest tax paying and law abiding citizens money is spent to treat or to facilitiate the sewerage fro the violators or illegal buildings.
Severe penal action must be initiated against all the illegal or unauthorized buildings to stop the sewage to be let out in communal sewage and illegal drawing of power from the bescom lines, which interrupt the supply to the legitimate building owners.
BESCOM, must also initiate measures to penalize the illegal and unauthorized buildings, for which the power connection is provided. The power connection is provided on the legitimate approved building plan and the actual construction is twice the approved plan, the illegal buildings or house owners draw more power from the BESCOM, thus disrupting the regular power supply.