Bangalore water supplier ask people to install water control system amid lockdown

South India

To ensure effective implementation, the BWSSB will also impose hefty fines on offenders, if and when water overflow is spotted.

While police and health authorities are trying hard to prevent people from coming out of their homes in the wake of the nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus outbreak, Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) are making city dwellers in the Karnataka capital to install water level control system to check overflow from overhead tanks and sumps.

The board has issued a draft notification asking consumers to check water spilling by installing the system or pay fine in case of wastage of water. It has given time up to April 22 to the consumers to file objections if any against the measure.

As per the notification, house owners can install an automatic water level control system to check overflow from overhead tanks and sumps. Defaulters will have to pay a penalty of up to 50 per cent of the pro-rata charges levied for water consumption.

According to Times of India, at present, BWSSB charges Rs 250 per sqm for residential buildings, Rs 400 per sqm for multi-storey or residential apartments or group housings and Rs 600 per sqm for non-residential and commercial properties.

The decision to introduce automated control system was taken considering the city's crisis and also because Cauvery water is being brought from a distance of over 100 km," said BWSSB CAO and secretary Krishtagouda Tayannavar.

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