Chaitanya Dhargalkar, 21-year-old from Lower Parel, was in for a rude shock on Tuesday. Chaitanya, who was scheduled for surgery for a lump in her chest at the civic-run B Y L Nair Hospital, found that it had been cancelled without notice. “The doctors informed me that as there was no water in the hospital, hence my surgery has been rescheduled to Thursday. The doctors clearly said that they cannot carry out the surgery due to a water shortage in the operation theater.”
Pradnya Dhargalkar, Chaitanya’s mother, said, “Our daughter’s surgery was cancelled due to lack of water. She has her college exams on Friday. The delay in the surgery will affect her exam results since the surgery is rescheduled to Thursday. She would need some time to recover after the surgery which would now affect her studies.”
Around 10-15 patients from two different wards also found their surgeries had also been rescheduled on account of water shortage of water in the hospital.
The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) is in-charge of the South Bombay Hospital and its water supply. It should be noted that the civic body this year announced that there will be no water cuts in the city after the seven lakes- that feed the city- were filled to its brim.
Dr Pinakin, dean of Nair Hospital, said, “I have no knowledge about the cancellation of any surgeries, however, there was a small water crisis in the hospital.” Dr Pinakin denied giving further details.
P N Kalme, Assistant Engineer of water works at the civic ward (E), said, “There was no water cut on Tuesday at Nair hospital. We have had no complains for water shortage from the hospital as yet.”