DCM G Parameshwara who also keeps the Bangalore development files, on issued builders into agitated by declaring they will have to reveal drinking water source for apartment complexes they develop on the city’s outskirts.
DCM Parameshwara said an event at Malleswaram “Apartments complexes are coming up everywhere and Bangalore’s growth is unstoppable. The source of drinking water for apartment dwellers on the outskirts is the biggest concern. We want to resolve the issue by getting builders to reveal from where they plan to provide potable water. They can’t wash their hands of the responsibility by providing only bore well water”.
Gathering of the Real Estate Developers Association of India, however, is not a joke, Suresh Hari, Chairman, Credal-Karnataka chapter, said the government which required to give potable water to every citizen and not builders.
“All adequate measures are taken until the project is under builders. One it’s handed over to the buyer association, we don’t know they tackle the water crisis and from where tankers are called. Wed provide Cauvery water connections to apartment complexes and each unit by paying pro-rata charges to the BWSSB, and it’s their responsibility t provide water” he said. Credai- Karnataka chapter president Kishore Jain repeated his views. “If Cauvery water is not enough, it’s the government’s responsibility to find other sources,” he said.
Parameshwara is supposed to approach the Water Board and Urban development department officers to discuss changes to the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) Act. Tushar Girinath, BWSSB chairman sad that “This is a multi-departmental issue. The urban development department, housing department, BWSSB, and law department need to take a call.” He also added that BWSSB will make it required for builders to construct sewage treatment plants in high-rise apartments so, water can be used for gardening and other purposes. User guidelines new complexes with 20 or more units need to have their own STPs.