BMC might make groundwater conservation mandatory in housing societies

While the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) provides potable water to the citizens, groundwater is essential for non-drinking purposes. Therefore, the civic body is keen on laying emphasis on groundwater conservation

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Soon it might be mandatory for every housing society to take necessary measures towards conserving groundwater, i.e. have a recharge pit that will help the absorption level of water and recharge the groundwater level. Accordingly, a proposal for the same will be introduced and discussed on August 29, by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). 

The proposal has been introduced by Adv Makrand Narvekar, a corporator from Colaba. Meanwhile, there are possibilities that having a groundwater recharge pit also would mean incentives for the housing societies.

Since several housing societies in Mumbai rely upon groundwater as a subsidiary source to meet their daily requirements, having a groundwater recharge pit might become an extremely crucial step. 

In the meantime, Narvekar stated that the move would mean increase in the city's current groundwater level. He added that the groundwater has been an important source for Mumbaikars and has been depleting at a fast scale. Therefore, he suggested introducing the move to counter the issue.

While the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) provides potable water to the citizens, groundwater is essential for non-drinking purposes. Therefore, the civic body is keen on laying emphasis on groundwater conservation

According to Navekar, in order to bring a change, it is necessary that the civic body gives incentives to societies for successfully starting such initiatives since groundwater recharge pits, rainwater harvesting and other steps are vital in the long run. He suggested that the incentives could be a concession in property tax or anything that BMC finds feasible. 

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