TU has water storage for emergency use

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Sep 10, 2014-

A water reservoir and supply system with the capacity of 50,000 litres has been installed on the premises of Tribhuvan University (TU) in Kirtipur as a preparation for possible disasters like earthquake.

The university premises spread over 875,043 square meter area is the largest one among the 84 open spaces identified in Kathmandu for humanitarian support during disasters.

The reservoir equipped with a water pump and regular electricity back-up will have a continuous supply of drinking water at the rate of three liters per second. The water supply from the project will be adequate for some 3,000 people per day.

The water supply system constructed with financial support of Rs 4.5 million from Oxfam was handed over to the Kathmandu Valley Water Supply Management Board amid a function on Wednesday.

Addressing the handover ceremony, Yadav Koirala, joint-secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs, said the project is a step ahead in disaster preparedness in the Capital. He claimed that the government is working to set up three houses with helipads at TU, Tribhuvan International Airport and the National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) for emergency rescue operations. “The construction is under way at the airport and we will start work at TU and NARC as well,” he said.

Published: 11-09-2014 09:01

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