NAGPUR: The Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) will set up rain water harvesting systems in residential areas and residential/commercial schemes in the city. The civic agency will forfeit security deposits of builders and individuals paid for getting building plan sanctions and execute the works.
NIT board of trustees, led by chairman Sachin Kurve, passed a resolution in this regard on Tuesday. NIT trustees Sudhir Raut and Bhushan Shingane had raised the issue.
Addressing a press conference, Raut said, “The NIT takes security deposit while giving approval to building plans. Rs 10,000 is recovered for plot area between 300 and 500 sq.mt, Rs 20,000 for area between 500 and 1,000 sq.mt and Rs 30,000 for area above 1,000 sq.mt. This is being done since October 4, 2010,” he said.
Raut added none of the builders or individuals, who paid the security deposit, turned up to take back their money in eight (?) years. “It means none of them installed rain water harvesting system despite it being mandatory. The NIT is supposed to forfeit the security deposit after two years and execute works. Thus, this decision was taken to forfeit security deposits,” he said.
Raut also said rain water harvesting will improve the groundwater level in the city, which is need of the hour. “Several parts in the state are facing severe drought situation. Government had made conservation scheme like rain water harvesting mandatory. Unfortunately, there is no monitoring and no action. At least now some works will be done,” he said.
Raut said Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will also be asked to recover security deposit against rain water harvesting works. “NMC and NIT made rain water harvesting system mandatory in structures with certain plot area as per the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act. I will ensure the NMC too recovers the security deposit and set up the systems,” he said.
Architect Virendra Khare told TOI the decision to forfeit the security deposit was not proper. “NMC and NIT have to improve monitoring and ensure everyone install rain water harvesting systems. Making money instead of implementing systems is not proper. NMC should not begin recovery of security deposit as already building plan sanction charges are very high. A few citizens do install rain water harvesting systems, but avoid claiming the security deposit due to long drawn process and lack of occupancy certificate,” he said.
Credit ET Realty