Despite it being mandatory for them, nearly 65 per cent of large building complexes in the city lack sewage treatment plants. As per a survey conducted by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), of the 769 multi-storeyed buildings that were inspected, only 267 had STPs. Region-wise, South fared better with only 46 buildings not equipped with STPs out of 145 that were inspected. Out of 353 high-rises that were inspected in the East division, as many as 336 did not possess STPs.
The survey was done after it was made mandatory for apartments with more than 20 flats to treat their waste water through in-house STPs. Through a notification dated March 3, 2016, BWSSB had made it compulsory for any building that consisted of more than 20 houses or apartments or flats to have its own modular STP and dual plumbing lines to use this treated water, especially for flushing of toilets. This is applicable to both new buildings and old ones within the jurisdiction of the Board; meaning, if you have a connection to either a water or sewage line of the Board, or are considering one, then this is applicable to you.
Penalty in the case of non-compliance is 25 per cent of the monthly water bill. After three months, the fine amount is hiked to 50 per cent. In case of commercial establishments, the penalty is 50 per cent of the water bill for the first three months and 100 per cent thereafter.
The pro rata charges were subsequently increased by 67 per cent for individual houses while was doubled for multi-storeyed apartments and commercial establishments. The charges now are Rs 150 per square metre for individual houses, Rs 200 for multi- storeyed apartments and Rs 300 for commercial establishments. It has been increased to Rs 250, Rs 400 and Rs 600 per square metre respectively.
“As many as 502 buildings that we surveyed did not have an STP, so we issued notices to those buildings. If they don’t comply with the order, they will be penalised. Ones that have an STP have been reusing water either for gardening or for flushing. Our main aim of enforcing the penalty is to ensure that water is reused and wastage of the precious commodity is minimised. Soon, a KEB meter will be installed on every STP,” says BWSSB engineer-in-chief Kemparamaiah.
Credits Bangalore Mirror