For promoting the Ayurvedic system of medicine, the Delhi Government would commission an Ayurvedic Medicine and Research Centre at Khera Dabar, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said while addressing the inaugural session of centenary celebrations of All India Ayurvedic Congress on Wednesday.

The Chief Minister said the project would come up on an area of 90 acres at an estimated cost of Rs.1.50 crore. The institute would also develop a large herbal garden, she added.

Ms. Dikshit said Ayurveda would always remain relevant as it is a historical and logical system of medicine as mentioned in the Vedas, Ramayana and Mahabharat. Stating that the Ayurveda system of medicine was not less important than other systems, she recalled how there was a time when even surgeries were undertaken using the Ayurveda.

Stressing the need for elaborate research in Ayurveda to establish its authenticity and to promote it as Ayurvedic medicines were cheaper than allopathic medicines, Ms. Dikshit noted that a positive aspect of Ayurveda was that its medicines have no side effect as they do not contain any chemicals.

Delhi Finance Minister A.K. Walia, while presiding over the second session of the celebrations, spoke of how Ayurveda is now being accepted in other countries as well. A well known medical practitioner himself, Dr. Walia said Delhi Government would continue to promote the Ayurvedic system of medicine.

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