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June 4, 2024

New Rainwater Harvesting Mandates for Rajasthan Plot Owners to Combat Water Scarcity

The Rajasthan State Industrial Development & Investment Corporation (RIICO) has recently issued a circular mandating the construction of rainwater harvesting structures (RWHS) for all plot lessees with an area of 500 square meters and above. This initiative aims to conserve water and enhance groundwater levels in one of India’s driest regions.

According to the Government of Rajasthan, the state has historically struggled with water scarcity, receiving annual rainfall ranging from 100 mm to 800 mm. Groundwater, a crucial resource, is often unavailable, even for drinking purposes, in many areas. In response, RIICO, a government agency dedicated to promoting industrial development and investment, has introduced this directive to mitigate the state’s water issues.

The circular specifies that plot lessees must inform the relevant RIICO unit offices in writing upon the completion of their RWHS. Failure to construct these structures within the stipulated timeframe will result in penalties. The penalty amounts are tiered based on plot size, with plots between 500 sq m and 2,000 sq m incurring a penalty of Rs 25,000 per annum and plots exceeding 2,000 sq m facing a penalty of Rs 50,000 per annum. This enforcement measure underscores the urgency and importance of implementing rainwater harvesting systems.

Trade bodies have welcomed this initiative, recognizing the severe depletion of groundwater levels across the state. Kamal Kandoi, a representative of a local trade body, expressed support for the move, suggesting that other government departments should adopt similar measures to address the water crisis.

In addition to RIICO’s efforts, the Rajasthan Police Housing and Construction Corporation Limited (RPH&CCL) has also committed to implementing rainwater harvesting in all ongoing construction projects. An official from RPH&CCL stated that measures are being taken to collect rainwater from roofs and surrounding areas to recharge existing wells and aquifers, further contributing to the state’s water conservation efforts.

This multifaceted approach highlights a growing recognition among various sectors of the urgent need to address water scarcity in Rajasthan. By mandating RWHS construction and penalizing non-compliance, RIICO and other state bodies are taking significant steps towards ensuring sustainable water management and conservation.

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Jhumpa Lahiri

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