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Inaccessible: Water-logged premises of Kilpauk Medical College on Thursday.
Inaccessible: Water-logged premises of Kilpauk Medical College on Thursday.

R.Sujatha

CHENNAI: Following heavy rain over the last three days the Government Kilpauk Medical College premises has been inundated and become inaccessible.

The college has been closed since Tuesday. According to its faculty even if the rain stops it would take many days for the water to drain off and the classes to resume. The college, located on Poonamallee High Road, has been facing such inundation during monsoon for the past decade, senior doctors and professors say.

In December 2005, the college faced a similar predicament.

For nearly a week the water did not recede. Then, about 40 first year MBBS students, who were lodged in one of classrooms in the college, as the college’s hostels were full, could not move out until the water receded.

A two-day medical education programme scheduled in the college on Thursday was shifted to the hospital premises on the opposite side of the road.

According to faculty, every year for the past decade students and teachers have been suffering.

“The Poonamallee High Road is raised regularly and water flows into the college as it is at a lower level. The drainages in the college have not been maintained well and water stagnates,” a senior faculty of the college explained.

Even the road behind the college is submerged in knee-deep water. When water begins stagnating, power supply to the college is cut off.

“The electric poles will be submerged in water. As power supply is cut off all administrative work in the hospital is also suspended until water is drained out. That takes about two or three days,” the faculty said.

After the rain it is a common practice for the college authorities to call for motor pumps to drain out water, he said.

On Thursday evening, Public Works Department workers were fixing motors and hoses to drain out the water. They said the water would be baled out on the road and by morning if the rain stops the college would be drained of all water.

A senior doctor said every year the PWD officials in charge of maintaining the college hold meetings with the college authorities and proposals are drawn and forwarded but nothing has come of it.

Kilpauk Medical College is among the top five government medical colleges in the State and is situated opposite the office of the Directorate of Medical Education.

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