An overflowing open sewer in front of the pay ward of the Government Medical College Hospital (MCH) here has been posing inconvenience to patients, road users and shop owners in the area. It has been overflowing for the past two weeks and was temporarily rectified by Monday noon. The sewage from the MCH had stagnated on the road for almost two weeks, said Anil Srinivasan, who runs a shop opposite the pay ward.

Vehicles passing through the stretch splash the dirty water posing health hazards to pedestrians and those waiting at the bus stop.

“The sewer has overflowed several times during the past few months. Whenever it overflows, the authorities take some temporary measures and in no time it overflows again,” he said.

The sewage water flowed till the P.T. Chacko Nagar, he said adding the stench emanating from the sewage was unbearable. Hari, a resident of the area, said the City Corporation had failed to find a permanent solution to the issue despite several complaints. Medical College ward councillor G.S. Sreekumar said the work on the sewerage network in front of the pay ward was kept pending as the MCH authorities were yet to shift the drinking water pipe and storage tank from the area. Though a new water tank was built, it developed a leak forcing the authorities to use the old tank,” he said

“The Health Minister convened a meeting on Monday morning to discuss the issue. Once the tank was shifted, the sewerage network will be re-laid,” he said.