Kozhikode: A Rs 1.5-lakh rainwater harvesting plant has been gifted to the Kozhikode Government Medical College by its 1959 batch of students. The man behind the thought was Dr Balakrishnan Nair, one of the alumni’s of the college and the man who designed the system. The donation also aims to act as an inspiration for other batches to contribute other projects in a similar manner.
“The major benefit of this system is that it is cost-effective compared to other rainwater harvesting methodologies available in the market. A shed with 600 square feet sloping roof has been providing through which the rainwater flows to a channel. The first level of filtration happens in the channel as it’s partially filled with small metals. The idea behind putting the metal is not to allow water to flow all of a sudden. Instead, an interruption is happening like a river stream effect,” Dr Balakrishnan told Deccan Chronicle.
MCH principal, Dr V.R. Rajendran, while inaugurating the plant said, “The water moves to the with five levels of filtering provided with baby metal, gravel, river sand, charcoal pieces and broken tile pieces, each divided with nylon net pieces. Similarly, we have equipped six tanks with the capacity of 1000 litres each. We will get clean water through these six tanks. If we get more contributions from other batches, we can place more such tanks.”