31-12-2017-dead line for installation of STP units-50 or more apartments in Bangalore


Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has set the deadline of December 31 for the installation of STPs in apartment complexes with more than 50 units.

Most of the apartments with less than 50 are discharging the sewage directly into communal sewers, which is not treated properly.

There are an innumerable number of illegal apartment complexes without STP units(small complexes) with 4 to 50 apartments, have septic tanks and some to the Ground.

In these illegal apartment complexes, there is no vacant place to install the STP unit and the associations does not have enough money and in some, the association cannot even pool the requisite funds.

Their present stand is WAIT AND WATCH.

But, BWSSB has been stating that any apartment complex having more than 50 units, if failed to install the STP, will be initially penalised and thereafter power and water connection or sewage connection to communal or municipal sewer will be disconnected.

 

BWSSB has given relief to old apartments with 20 houses and will not insist on STP units


The BWSSB has relented and bowed to the pressures of the apartment owners and relented not to compel them to commission STP units for the buildings constructed upto January,2016, which has less than 20 apartments within the residential complex.

The amounts collected as fine or penalty might be refunded.

 

BWSSB IS TAKING ACTION ON APARTMENTS WHICH HAVE MORE THAN 20 UNITS


BWSSB IS TAKING ACTION ON APARTMENTS WHICH HAVE MORE THAN 20 UNITS AND DOES NOT HAVE SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANTS and THE BESCOM MUST TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION AGAINST THE ILLEGAL AND UNAUTHORISED BUILDINGS AND ITS OWNERS

    Over 3, 800 apartments, which have more than 20 dwelling units, have been penalized by BWSSB for not having installed STPs, which was mandated through a Government Order (GO) in January. The penalties cross Rs. 1.69 crore  and will continue each month until a functional STP is installed.

While the number of buildings may not drastically increase further — as officials are still verifying the number of dwelling units in smaller apartment complexes —

BWSSB has also started issuing notices to apartments where installed STPs are not functioning.

The fines complement the drives against houses (built after 2011 and on plots of 30 ft X 40 ft or above) which have not installed rainwater harvesting systems. Since July, around Rs. 70 lakh have been collected as fines from over 3,500 houses.

On January 19, in a gazette notification, the Department of Forest, Ecology ad Environment had noted the flow the raw sewage into storm water drains and lakes of the city, and had made mandatory reuse of sewage water at the source. BWSSB was to implement the order, while other civic agencies were to sanction projects only if STPs are part of the design plan.

However, since the penalising started, objections are pouring in from various apartment associations.

Some have stated and argued that The order is impractical. There is a constraint of space to build an STP which requires 20 ft X 50 ft space. How will you find this space in existing apartments? Moreover, the entire plumbing has to be redone to reuse the water. Financing STP and maintaining it is also a challenge.

In such a case, who will treat the sewage let out by these apartments and at whose cost?

In fact, Apartments have not been permitted to be constructed in sites measuring 20 feet X 30 feet or 30 feet X 40 feet or 40 feet X 60 feet and apartments are permitted in 50 feet X 80 feet with 1.75 FAR or 2.00 FAR allowing or permitting them to construct only 7,000 sft or 8,000 sft, where, 20 apartments cannot be constructed.  8 to 12 or 16 apartments of 1 bhk or 2 bhk can be built on 50 feet X 80 feet and there are over 24 apartments, discharging approximately about 12,000 litres of domestic sewage into communal drains, which are designed to take only 2,000 litres to 4,000 litres and the honest tax paying and law abiding citizens money is spent to treat or to facilitiate the sewerage fro the violators or illegal buildings.

Severe penal action must be initiated against all the illegal or unauthorized buildings to stop the sewage to be let out in communal sewage and illegal drawing of power from the bescom lines, which interrupt the supply to the legitimate building owners.

BESCOM, must also initiate measures to penalize the illegal and unauthorized buildings, for which the power connection is provided. The power connection is provided on the legitimate approved building plan and the actual construction is twice the approved plan, the illegal buildings or house owners draw more power from the BESCOM, thus disrupting the regular power supply.

 

SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANTS ARE MANDATORY FOR 2000 Square Meter plots and NOT for 200 Square Meter plots or sites.


The BWSSB has stated in a press publication that STP units are mandatory only for the sites or plots measuring 21,500 Square Feet approximately and above, even for the existing residential complexes.

There is relief among the smaller housing complexes from thethe recent notification regarding the installation of STP units, but details are awaited.

CRIMINAL CASES AGAINST NON FUNCTIONAL SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANTS ACROSS BELLANDUR LAKE AREA


Finally, the KSPCB, has woken up to the woes of the BELLANDUR LAKE FROTH and inspected some of the apartment complexes and industries, which were draining their untreated toxic effluents and discharge into the raja kaluve and to the lake and instituted 14 Criminal cases and have issued few (selected few) show cause notices to the violators.

Most of the sewage and untreated effluents flows into this lake is mainly from apartment complexes surrounding this lake area.  It is to be noted that many of the complexes are not constructed as per the sanctioned plan and does not have SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANTS and the few ones, which have the STP units does not function properly and the rest does not function at  all.

Some of the STP units exist for the sake of approval, but they never function and some does not treat the sewage at all.