In a novel attempt to sensitize the local people about the importance of installing rainwater harvesting (RWH) mechanism, Trichy corporation and India Post have jointly launched an initiative to send customised letters to residents and traders across the city.
Launched on Thursday, the civic body plans to send 2.20 lakh letters covering all property tax assessments in the 65 wards. “The objective is to strike a chord with the residents and make them install rainwater harvesting mechanism. Though a majority of residents have voluntarily installed it, others have to be made to follow suit,” an official source with the corporation said. Within a week, the civic body, through 27 post offices of India Post in the city, will deliver the letter signed by commissioner N Ravichandran urging the residents to install RWH units.
The letter lists out the credentials of the city as the 12th most liveable city in the country (based on the ease of living index 2018), cleanest city in the state and city with the most number of open gyms. It urges the recipients to make Trichy a model in rainwater conservation as well by installing RWH structures in all houses, commercial establishments and government offices. “The residents who have already installed RWH in their properties were requested to ensure the working efficiency of the unit” the official added.
The letters covering all the properties in 65 wards will be delivered before August 15. The drive was aimed at harvesting the 390 mm (average rainfall) of rainwater usually brought in by the northeast monsoon in Trichy during NovemberDecember. Meanwhile, officials said that the teams comprising junior engineers of the civic body constituted last month to survey and identify faulty rainwater harvesting mechanisms have been instructing errant buildings to install a proper rainwater harvesting unit.