Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi will declare open a slew of projects including the Rs. 139-crore super specialty hospital and Rs. 35-crore Integrated Collectorate Complex in Salem on August 20. He will also address a public meeting later in the evening.
Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam, talking to reporters here on Monday, said that the Chief Minister after solemnizing the wedding of his son in the morning, would later participate at the Government function in which he would lay foundation stones for new projects, inaugurate the finished ones and distribute assistance under various welfare schemes – all to the tune of Rs. 950 crore. The super specialty hospital completed at a cost of Rs. 139.31 crore had come up on 4.48 lakh square feet of land worth Rs. 229 crore in the heart of the city.
The minister said that the hospital had been brought to Salem from Tiruchi after the intervention of the Chief Minister himself. Mr. Arumugam said that the government had also sanctioned a sum of Rs. 15 crore for new buildings for the Commercial Taxes Office.
He said that tenders also had been finalised for the Dedicated Water Supply scheme for Salem city to be taken up at a cost of Rs. 283 crore.