To educate citizens about the grey water by-laws, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will appoint an organisation to carry out a survey and workshops across the city. The civic body will also seek residents’ suggestions on grey water reuse in housing societies and commercial complexes to make it citizen-friendly.
Three years after their approval by the law committee, last year, the civic body had invited suggestions and objections from citizens on the by-laws for making recycling of waste water mandatory for new buildings.
Officials from the sewerage operations department of the civic body said they received poor response from citizens for the by-laws. “Hence, we have decided to appoint All-India Institute of Local Self Government to conduct workshops in city and suburbs,” said a senior official from the department, adding that the civic body will pay around Rs19lakh to the organisation.
The official added that the organisation will inform housing societies, commercial complexes, local activists and residents’ associations about the workshop dates and venue. “We will see the response to the workshops, depending on that we may increase the number as per demand from citizens. This will help us decide whether we need to amend the by-laws,” added the official.
A proposal will be placed before the standing committee for its approval on Wednesday.
Under the by-laws, new housing societies with an area of more than 2,000 sqm or with more than 60 flats will have to recycle waste water, which will have to used for non-potable purposes.