The Delhi Government has come up with a plan to promote Rainwater Harvesting Systems. The AAP government will give financial assistance of up to Rs 50,000 those who conserve rain water to install this system. Not only this, 10 percent rebate in water bills will also be given by the government.
The Delhi government has earlier made it mandatory to make rainwater harvesting system on houses built properties measuring 100 square metres or more. Now people can get the certificate of Rain Water Harvesting System from any architect registered with Council of Architecture instead of Delhi Jal Board.
The city government has extended the last date for the implementation of the RWH provisions till December 31, 2021, the water utility said in a statement. Also, it will not be mandatory to take DJB certification for rainwater harvesting systems from now on.
Delhi’s Water Minister and Delhi Jal Board Chairman Satyendar Jain held an important meeting with senior officials on Monday.
Satyendar Jain said in order to raise the ground water level and use rain water efficiently, the Delhi government has studied many unique experiments, one of which is the Dungarpur (a district of Rajasthan) rainwater harvesting model. This model is known as ‘Inline Rain Water Harvesting System’. This model is quite economical, which has been successfully adopted in Dungarpur district of Rajasthan.
Jain said this water harvesting system is made using new technologies and sends rain water directly to borewell instead of water harvesting pit. In this system the rain water gets filtered inside the pipe itself and there is no need to make a separate filter system or harvesting pit.
The DJB Chairman said it is much cheaper than the traditional rainwater harvesting model. It costs from 75 thousand to one lakh rupees to install a traditional rainwater harvesting system. However, the cost of installing inline rain water harvesting system is only 16 thousand rupees.
In order to implement the Rain Water Harvesting System efficiently, DJB has established 12 Jal Shakti Kendras in all the districts of Delhi. These centers will help people to install rainwater harvesting systems by providing technical assistance. Guidelines for installation of the system and list of power centers Official website of Delhi Jal Board.
In other India news, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday laid the foundation stone of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh University in Aligarh.