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Karnataka government mulls rain water harvesting policy
The Times of India  |  June 24, 2019

Deepthi Shridhar Mangaluru

The state government is mulling over implementing rainwater harvesting policy along with other green measures as part of the green building policy, said Minister for Urban Development UT Khader.

 

“The proposed green building policy aims at providing tax incentives to encourage rainwater harvesting, tree plantation and solar lighting especially for new projects. Attempts are also to retain City’s heritage and conserve environment. The draft policy is in its final stage and will be ready in a month’s time, “ Khader told TOI.

 

The minister raised concern about lack of concrete spaces within premises. “Today, when constructing houses or building, the entire area is either concretized or interlocked. People must leave open spaces so that water percolation takes place and ground water is recharged. A certain percentage of area will be fixed as open space. These are important measures in the wake of depleting ground water level,” Khader said.

 

Under the policy, guidelines laid would be religion specific, example- coastal areas and districts with hilly terrain. The government has proposed an array of incentives including reduction in property tax. Perks will be applicable for both residential and commercial buildings. The government has studied policies of others states including Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, West Bengal and Sikkim.

 

Solid waste management will also be given prominence. Rules will be made fool proof and strict action will be taken against those who fail to adhere to the guidelines. If needed, the government will also bring about certain amendments and is planning to have agencies that will deal with solid waste management. “We will focus on taking up awareness drives especially on waste segregation. Many people are interested in opting for green measures, but are not sure how to go about it,” he said.