The High Court of Jharkhand, in a land mark order, has asked the State to start, rain water harvesting project throughout the State, at least in all the Government Buildings.
The High Court bench comprising of Chief Justice Virender Singh and Justice Shree Chandrashekhar issued the order in a Suo motu Public interest litigation.
The Bench said “At least in all the Government Buildings, rain water harvesting project should start throughout the State without any waste of time so as to conserve and regulate water during this Rainy Season only including the government residential buildings. Let a report be filed in this regard by Principal Secretary, Urban Development Department of the State on or before the next date of hearing.”
The Court directed the Drinking Water and Sanitation Department of the State to file a detailed report after getting complete information from all the Deputy Commissioners of the State so that the Court is satisfied that all the Hand Pumps, if were earlier non-functional, have now been made operational. The Court also said that rain water harvesting regulation should be prepared by all the Urban/Local Bodies throughout the State to achieve the goal. Municipal Corporations and Municipalities of the remaining districts were also directed to ensure supply of wholesome water to the residents of their areas.
The PIL will come for further hearing on 22nd of June, 2016.
Read the order here.