India’s state of Haryana, Gurgaon questions – How about rainwater harvesting for HUDA, MCG, mini secretariat?

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Article courtesy of timesofindia | August 5, 2012 | The Daily Star | Shared as educational material only
GURGAON: The recent order to install rainwater harvesting systems in buildings with a covered area of over 100 sq meters by the district administration is an example of how the latter expects others to implement what is lacking in its own buildings.TOI takes a look at the main government buildings like the mini secretariat, ADC office, MCG office, HUDA main office to see if the relevant structures are up and running.

The Gurgaon district administration had passed the order on July 23 which makes it mandatory for all houses/buildings with over 100 square metres covered area each to have a rainwater harvesting system in place and constituted 20 teams of officers for granting permission to install the system as well as to ensure that it was functioning satisfactorily.

These orders were issued by the District Magistrate P C Meena. So far so good.

However, sadly enough this basic structure does not exist in the main HUDA building which houses the office of the HUDA administrator.

A handful of buildings which have installed such a system like the mini secretariat, the MCG office and Vikas Sadan (or ADC office) might not be functional as desired. There are no checks made as to whether or not such structures are functional.

The DC confirmed that there were four rainwater harvesting systems installed at the four corners of the mini secretariat premises but said that he had not checked in person whether they were functional.

“Officials concerned (engineers) have confirmed they are functional but I have to verify them for myself,” said Meena.

According to HUDA administrator Praveen Kumar, the Sector 14 office does not have a water harvesting system in place. “We are looking at options for installations but we need to make sure the gradient is correct so that maximum water collection takes place,” said Kumar.

He added that HUDA has structures exiting inside parks installed according to the gradient. “The one way to install the system in our building could be through rooftop harvesting systems. We are getting the systems checked in bigger societies but it will take some time. I am also trying to bring in a system which exists in Chennai. The government has made it mandatory that water harvesting systems are installed and functional with a year’s time their sewage and water connection is disconnected.”

When contacted, hydrologist S R Sehrawat evaded questions on whether there were regular checks carried out on such systems. The hydrologist was also clueless about which government buildings have such structures as on date.

Gurgaon – City – The Times of India

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