PUNE: As Kerala prepares to address the post-flood relief initiatives, Kirloskar Brothers Limited (KBL) has extended support to the Kerala government with three dedicated high capacity Autoprime pumpsets to help in the dewatering operation.
The pumpsets were recently handed over to G Sudhakaran, Minister for Public Works Department (PWD). Also present at the occasion were S Suhas, District Collector, Alappuzha and Haranbabu, Executive Engineer (Irrigation), Kerala. In addition, KBL is conducting free service camps in many flood-affected districts of Kerala to repair any existing faulty/non-operational pumps of local residents and has made ground staff available to work with the local authorities. With many areas still clogged, immediate dewatering becomes extremely critical to limit the spread of various diseases and epidemic.
These high-flow Kirloskar Autoprime pumpsets, each with a capacity of discharging approximately 285 litres/sec, together, are capable of draining around 30 lakh litres of water per hour. The pumpsets will contribute/are contributing in normalising the critically affected areas like airports, railway stations, low-lying areas, major roads, and highways, etc. All pumps in Alappuzha district have a capacity to drain 1 million litres water per hour. Together, they drain 3 million litres per hour.
Besides, an additional Autoprime pump with a discharge capacity of 300,000 litres/hour has been kept ready for draining flood water at Kochi airport. Previously, KBL has supplied more than 150 such Autoprime pumpsets to various municipal corporations, airports and industries across India. In addition, KBL has also supplied specialised dewatering pumping solutions for flood-like situations in other cities and countries as well.