Rainwater harvesting mandatory for all new buildings in Secunderabad

Hyderabad: The Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) has made rainwater harvesting (RWH) a mandatory requirement for all new buildings.

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New buildings need to get an approval order from RWH in the cantonment area.

The SCB engineering wing receives an average of 15-30 applications monthly for building approval. Speaking to the Times of India, an SCB official said that approval will be granted only if the builder follows the rainwater harvesting rule.

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This decision came after the 2020 floods where plenty of rainwater ran into the drains and there was an acute water shortage.

The funds-starved Secunderabad Cantonment Board spends around 20-30 lakh every monsoon season to build up over 800 defunct borewells due to the drastic dip in groundwater levels.

P Kalyan, a resident of Kalyan Hills was quoted by TOI as saying, “Out of 370 residential colonies hardly 70 colonies have followed the RWH concept. Moreover, the SCB does not have a technical team to help the people in building RWH pits. We have to either rely on the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board department or a private firm for it.”

Another resident, D Rahul Raddy of Marredapally area said that due to the rocky terrains of Mahendra Hills there is no other option for them to set up rainwater harvesting pits.

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