Rs 5 cr for installing ETPs

Pipes of hospitals will be changed at a cost of Rs 1 cr

 
To a query by H C Neeravari JD (S) at the Legislative Council on Monday, Medical Education Minister Ramachandra Gowda said the hospitals which come under medical education department are Victoria Hospital, Vani Vilas Hospital, Minto Hospital, Bowring Hospital, Government Dental College and Research Centre and STD, Tuberculosis and Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest diseases.

Victoria Hospital alone accounts for 300 kg solid waste and 400 kilolitres of liquid waste.

Incidentally, Victoria, Vani Vilas, Bowring and Minto are among the hospitals which were issued notices by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) to set up effluent treatment plants (ETPs).

On a query by Malajamma (Congress) on installation of ETPs, the minister said the government has requested the Lok Adalat to give them time till February, to carry out the implementation.

In reply, he said that since some of the hospitals were over 100 years old, the pipes didn’t have the required capacity and therefore the pipes are also being changed at a cost of Rs 1 crore.

Gowda said the government had already deposited Rs 5 crore for the purpose.

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