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far as the funds at its disposal may permit, provide and maintain a sufficient and satisfactory system of public drains for the effectual draining of its local area.

(2) If, in the opinion of the Government, any local area or part thereof should, for any special reason, be provided with a system of public drains, or with any other means of drainage, they may direct the local authority to provide or execute, within such time as may be fixed by them in this behalf, such Words as may be considered necessary by them.

(3) The local authority shall at all times keep in good repair all drains, cesspools and the like vested in or belonging to it.

26. Power of Health Officer to require drains to be constructed.-

(1) If any premises are, in the opinion of the Health Officer, without sufficient means of effectual drainage, he may, by notice, direct the owner of such premises to construct a drain leading therefrom to the nearest public drain or other place set apart by the focal authority for the discharge of sewage:

Provided that-

(a) the cost of Constructing that portion of the drain which if situated more than ten feet from the said premises shall be paid from out of the funds of the local authority concerned, and
(b) if, in the opinion of the Health Officer, there is no public drain or other place set apart for the discharge of sewage within a reasonable distance of Such premises, he may, by notice, require the owner of the premises to construct
(i) a closed cesspool, tank, filter or other work of such material, size and description, as he may direct, and
(ii) a house drain communicating with such closed cesspool, tank, filter or other Work.

(2) Where, by reason of a local authority changing its system of drainage or undertaking a new system of drainage, it becomes necessary for the owner of any premises to reconstruct or alter any drain, the cost of the reconstruction or alteration of such drain shall be borne wholly by the local authority, or wholly by the owner, or partly by the local authority, and partly by the owner, in accordance with such rules as may be prescribed.

27. Drains in private streets-

Where a house drain belonging to one or more premises has been laid in any private street which is common to more than one premises and the Health Officer considers it desirable that any other premises should be drained into such drain, he may, by notice, require the owner of such premises to connect his house-drain with such first mentioned drain and the owner or owners of such first-mentioned drain shall thereupon be bound to permit such connection to be made:

Provided that no such Connection shall be made-

(a) except upon such terms as may be mutually agreed upon between or among the owners concerned, or
(b) in default of such agreement, except upon such terms as may be laid by the local authority and in particular, until any payment which may be directed by the local authority to be made to the owner or owners concerned has been duly made.
28. Drainage for huts.-

(1) Drains for the drainage of huts shall be of such size and description, and be constructed of such materials as may be considered by the Health Officer to be practicable having regard to the circumstances of the locality and the position of the nearest public drain or other place set apart by the local authority for the discharge of sewage.

(2) If the Health Officer considers that a new drain should be constructed for the benefit of the occupants of any hut, he may, by notice, require the owner of the land on which such hut stands to construct such drain and such owner shall construct such drain, and cause it to be cleansed and repaired to the satisfaction of the Health Officer.

29. Drainage of court-yard, alley, passage, etc.-

For the purpose of efficiently draining any land or building, the Health Officer may, by notice, require the owner of any Court-yard, alley, lane, passage or open space-

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