National Water Mission’s (NWM) campaign “Catch The Rain” with the tagline “Catch the rain, where it falls, when it falls” is to nudge the states and stake-holders to create appropriate Rain Water Harvesting Structures (RWHS) suitable to the climatic conditions and sub-soil strata before monsoon.

Under this campaign, drives to make check dams, water harvesting pits, rooftop RWHS etc; removal of encroachments and de-silting of tanks to increase their storage capacity; removal of obstructions in the channels which bring water to them from the catchment areas etc; repairs to step-wells and using defunct bore-wells and unused wells to put water back to aquifers etc are to be taken up with the active participation of people.

To facilitate these activities, states have been requested to open “Rain Centers” in each district– in Collectorates/Municipalities or GP offices. 

Efforts should be made so that all buildings in the district should have rooftop RWHS and that maximum quantity of rain water falling in any compound should be impounded within the compound itself. The basic aim is minimal runoff from the built area. This will help in improving soil moisture and rasing ground water table. In urban areas it will reduce water gushing onto roads, damaging them and will prevent urban flooding. Under the “Catch The Rain” initiative, all water bodies in the districts are to be enumerated and encroachments to be removed.


Construction of water harvesting pits, rooftop Rainwater Harvesting Systems etc
Removal of obstructions in the channel which brings water from the catchment area
Removal of encroachments and desilting of tanks to increase their storage capacity
Repairing of step-wells and using defuncts borewell / unused wells to put water back to aquifers


The HARYANA building code (alongwith amendments dated 22/12/2017 and 08/05/2018 –  Download

Model Building Bye-Laws (Ministry of Urban Development) –  Download

Guidelines for water conservation –   Download


Yes, Rainwater harvesting system is mandatory in all the Buildings according to Haryana Building Code, 2017.

Yes, all old and new constructions should have RWH system, if old constructions doesn’t have RWH then they have to install it as soon as possible

All the buildings with minimum roof top area of 100 sq m area, shall mandatorily include the provision of Rainwater Harvesting within the plot as per Haryana Building Code, 2017

Recharging of groundwater is mandatory for all types of buildings including Group Housing Societies having plot area of 500 sq m and above as per Haryana Building Code, 2017

All buildings having a minimum discharge of 50 000 liters and above per day shall incorporate wastewater recycling system s per Haryana Building Code, 2017

No, There is no rebate available for rainwater harvesting system installation in   Haryana state.

Yes, citizens of Gurugram can participate in Catch the Rain Campaign by volunteering with GuruJal. For more details visit /get-involved/

Last date for Installing Rainwater harvesting systems is 15th June, 2021 as per public notice regarding cleaning and construction of new rainwater harvesting structure

During checking of RWH structure , if structures are found to be non functional strong fines will be imposed and violations can lead to cancellation of occupational certificates

They have to identify and approach vendors  for restoring the damaged structures and make them functional

No Government will not install any Rainwater harvesting system in any of the RWA societies

Government is not responsible for maintenance of Rain water harvesting structures. It is the responsibility of plot owners to maintain and clean the RWH system periodically.

No there is no extension of deadline for Installation but the date can be relaxed 5-10 days after 15 th June 2021.

Enforcement drive by district administration in Gurugram will start from 16th June 2021

Approximate cost for installing Rain water harvesting structures varies from Rs.20,000/- – to Rs.4,00,000/-

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