The system, installed at a cost of Rs.27.90 lakh, was inaugurated by Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala.

A rain water harvesting system, capable of storing up to 10 lakh litres of water, was inaugurated at the Borstal School and District Jail compound at Kakkanad.

The system, installed at a cost of Rs.27.90 lakh, was inaugurated by Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala.

“The scarcity of water is a big issue looming ahead of us and the rain water harvesting system installed here is a step in the right direction,” said Mr. Chennithala. In response to a request from Benny Behanan, MLA, who presided over the function, Mr. Chennithala said that the government was seriously considering setting up a canteen for the Prisons Department on the lines of the police canteens.

Mr. Behanan also pointed out that the while the District Jail at Kakkanad had made huge profits since prison chappathis were rolled out, the profits could not be utilised by the prison. Mr. Chennithala said that the government would look into the issue.

The rain water harvesting system, the largest such system in the State, was installed considering the water needs of the complex consisting of the Borstal School, prison, and staff quarters, said T.P. Senkumar, Director General of Prisons and Correctional Services. Pipes have also been installed to collect water from the rooftops of the buildings and bring it to the collection tank. The tank is expected to bring some relief to the prison complex during times of water scarcity.

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