BWSSB - Praja Observations

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Praja observations and recommendations

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Observations
1) Excessively dependent on rivers.
2) Reservoirs are old and have not been augmented.
3) All sewerage is not treated.
4) Subsidy is ill-conceived; prices do not increase commensurate with inflation.
5) Excellent step with compulsory rainwater harvesting.
6) Untreated industrial hazards mix with sewerage and sometimes sewerage mixes with stormwater.

Recommendations
1) More reservoirs need to be built - movement noticed but need to be speeded up.
2) Double pipelines - need to be mandatory in new layouts. Expensive but pays back in the long run. Again, movement in that direction.
3) Need to coordinate with BBMP to infiltrate stormwater - many advantages. Need to coordinate with BDA/BMRDA et al. to ensure new layouts comply with water rules before layout/building permission is given.
4) Subsidy needs to be eliminated or rationalized for poorer sections only.
5) Mini sewage treatment plants to be built at lakes - charge surrounding industries/residences currently discharging to recover the cost. Supply treated water around surrounding areas for non-potable purposes. Ditto with hig-rise flats/offices and heavy use locations etc.
6) Division or bi-,tri-, or quadri- furcation for better efficiency if needed.
7) Required staff to be recruited, continuing education for the staff, most equipment/machinery to be used. Again, movement noticed.
8) Website to be updated on a regular basis. Need information such as tariff, subsidy, technical, aid, project, staff, RTI information etc.
9) Penalty and/or "sakrama" for unauthorised connections.
10) BWSSB should coordinate with KSPCB to mandate pre-treatment of industrial/commercial/hospital hazardous waste before being let into sewerage system. Should coordinate with BBMP to not allow mixing of stormwater and sewerage.

Sources:
{praja discussion on RWH}
{BBMP gyan and related links for stormwater infiltratio
http://praja.in/en/gyan/b... (echoed by ABIDe! Clearer division of labour in the comment)
http://praja.in/en/gyan/b... and http://www.deccanherald.c...
http://www.isec.ac.in/WP%20-%20196.pdf
http://www.isec.ac.in/WP%20-%20176.pdf
http://www.isec.ac.in/wp.html#recent%20working%20papers
http://www.abidebengaluru.in/proceedings/3-Oct-2008.pdf
http://www.isec.ac.in/Urban%20Governance.PDF
http://www.hindu.com/pp/2008/05/10/stories/2008051050630100.htm
http://www.rainwaterharvesting.org/people/innovators-urban.htm
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/23096/staff-shortage-affects-bwssb-services.html
http://www.deccanherald.c...
http://www.deccanherald.c...
http://www.deccanherald.c...
http://www.deccanherald.c...
http://www.deccanherald.c... OR
http://timesofindia.india...