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CMCH in need of centralised water storage facility

R. SAIRAM, The Hindu, 27 January, 2014


COIMBATORE: Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH) is in dire need of a massive centralised water storage facility as nearly 3,000 litres of both drinking water and borewell water are going waste now.


Under the present infrastructure, which was installed nearly four decades ago, there are 28 smaller tanks of varying capacities.


Sources in the Public Works Department (medical wing) told The Hindu that these tanks had to be filled twice or thrice every day to meet the requirements of the hospital, which got around 8,000 to 9,000 patients and attendants coming from several western districts of Tamil Nadu besides the border districts of Kerala daily.


The hospital had 15 overhead cement tanks with capacities between 2,000 and 5,000 litres and another 13 PVC tanks with 2,000 litres capacity each. The total water storage capacity of all tanks in CMCH was around one lakh litres while the current demand was two lakh litres a day.


A PWD source said that they had only two contract workers to manage all the 23 motors that pump water to these 28 tanks. As a result when several motors were running simultaneously, the two workers were unable to keep tabs on all tanks, resulting in water getting wasted due to overflow.


Also, many of the existing pipes had rusted and were developing leaks all over the place. Repairing faulty valves were also proving difficult with this present system. A centralised overhead tank would do away with this problem as it could be operated with just one motor and would have a new set of pipelines.


“We get adequate amount of drinking water through the Coimbatore Corporation on a daily basis. However, the wastage could be avoided if only the infrastructure is ramped up,” the PWD official said.


A proposal for establishing an overhead tank with two-lakh litres capacity at a cost of Rs. 25 lakh under the National Rural Health Mission was prepared by the PWD (medical wing) and was given to the CMCH officials.


When contacted, a senior CMCH official said that the proposal was submitted to the then-Project Director of the Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project (TNHSP) Pankaj Kumar Bansal during his visit to Coimbatore a few months ago. However, it was not accepted.


New buildings for hospitals were mostly constructed through the TNHSP, which also coordinated the National Rural Health Mission implementation in the State.


The official said that the proposal would be taken up again with the Health Department soon.


There are 28 smaller tanks of varying capacities

Many of the existing pipes have rusted and are developing leaks