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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mandatory for builders to maintain STP for 5 years

PANAJI: The Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) has proposed to amend the Town and Country Planning (TCP) Act to ensure that the sewage treatment plants (STP) of high rise buildings and residential complexes are operated and maintained by the builder.
The proposal with regard to fixing the responsibility on the builders for the operation and maintenance of STP for a period of first five years was taken up during the 120th meeting of the GSPCB held on Thursday.
“We will soon write to the TCP asking it to amend the building by-laws to consider the builder as the ‘occupier’ of the STP for a period of five years from the day of occupancy, no matter whether the builder hands over or transfers the STP to the housing society in a formal process. During this five-year period, the builder is to be held responsible for any technical deficiencies in the STP,” said a GSPCB official.
It has been observed that in case of residential complexes, the builder transfers the operation and maintenance of the sewage treatment plant to the society. Many a times, residents realise these things much later; sometimes builders transfer the STP too early, even before the entire apartment is occupied or organised thus causing issues in maintenance.
“In our consent, we have already included the clause before granting consent to the builder but the decision to write to the TCP was taken to make it support by law, to enforce the condition. The policy cannot be enacted on everyone but wherever there are high rise buildings and residential complexes, builders have to operate and maintain the STP for a period of five years,” the official said.

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