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RMC team to bust water theft

The Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) has decided to crack down on illegal water connections and deep bore wells drilled without permission at both private and commercial buildings.

The move follows the Celsius surge, which has depleted levels in reservoirs across the capital and is threatening to take a toll on the water table.

RMC’s chief executive officer (CEO) Manoj Kumar said residents of South and North Office Para, Shukla Colony, Kanke Road, Misir Gonda, Sukhdeonagar, Piska More, Lalpur and Harmu Housing Colony are already reeling from water crisis.

“We have received information that the groundwater level in these areas have plunged by 10 metres. Citizens dependent on wells and deep boring facilities are experiencing water woes,” Kumar said.

The CEO said that as of now, the civic body had no plans to prohibit deep boring, but maintained that they would form a special team to find out whether bore wells in various parts of the capital had been constructed in adherence to rules.

“We will form the team within a week,” he added.

In Ranchi, a private house does not need civic clearance to drill a bore well up to four inches in diameter.

However, for drilling bore wells that are six or eight inches wide, the respective residential or commercial complex needs to secure the RMC’s permission.

The civic body has also decided to crack down on illegal water connections.

RMC officials maintained that many residential and commercial complexes tapped pipelines that supplied water from intermediate pumps to storage towers.

Owing to such pilferage, citizens with legal connections get limited or interrupted supply of water.

Sources revealed that there were many consumers that took water connections for domestic purposes, but used it in commercial establishments.

For validation of legal connections, the RMC team will look for the relevant documents and check if water taxes were regularly paid.

Manoj Kumar said that the civic body did not have any plan to snap supply to illegal connections.

However, fines will be slapped on offenders.

“We would take a decision regarding illegal connections once the team is formed and it collects reports from all the areas,” said the CEO.