In order to conserve water and ensure ground water recharge, the Karnataka government on Tuesday announced that buildings, constructed in the city from now on, will have to compulsorily adopt rain water harvesting facility

The state cabinet at its meeting held here on Tuesday decided to amend section 72 A of the Bangalore Water Supply & Sewerage Board 1964 to make rain water harvesting mandatory, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Shobha Karandlaje told the press here.

Residential sites, which exceeds an area of 2400 sq ft (40 x 60 ft), shall create rain harvesting facility,she said.

The cabinet decided that all honorarium it disburses including pension for widows, senior citizens and physically challenged shall be paid through banks or post offices.

Banks have already been helping beneficiaries open no-frill accounts in consonance with the government request, she said adding that measure was introduced to prevent people being cheated.The state had 30 lakh no-frill accounts now, she said.

The government approved establishment of 1320 mw coal based Thermal power plant at Ghataprabha in Belgaum district, Karandlaje said.

Ten private bidders were already vying for the project, for which 1300 acres of land has been acquired, she said.

The government was discussing with the Centre on coal linkage, she said.