Mangaluru: Water scarcity has not only affected the residents, industries in and around Mangaluru, but it has also forced the management of two medical colleges in the City to partially shut their hostels, and send home bunch of the hostelites, until the situation is under control.
Sources reveal that Kasturba Medical College (KMC) has asked nearly 400 MBBS students from the second and third year batches staying in their hostels to return to their respective homes till May 15, while the management of Father Muller Medical College has already sent back about 75 per cent of their hostelites, but NRI students who have been staying in the hostels have been allowed to stay back.
Since both these colleges mainly depend on the Netravathi waters supplied to the city from the Thumbe vented dam through MCC, and now that the supply has been restricted once in three days, it has been hard to provide water to all the boarders, so the decision was taken to send most of these boarders home. Even though both these colleges have bore-wells and open wells, the water level has gone low, and the management didn’t wanted to take chances to run these wells dry.
It is learnt that there are about 2,000 students, including some day scholars, in eight hostels. Of them, about 400 MBBS students from two hostels have been sent back till May 15, while at Father Muller Medical College, eight hostels have about 2,500 students from medical, para medical and nursing streams, of which 75% boarders have been sent home, except NRI students.