The decks have been finally cleared for the construction of a multi-storey building for the Koyilandy taluk headquarters government hospital.

Based on a revised proposal, the government has given approval for a Rs.19-crore project, to be completed in three years. Both the Finance and the Public Works departments have given the green signal to the project, which will begin soon.

The Uralungal Labour Contract Society will undertake the construction of the building, which will change the face of one of the oldest hospitals in the district. The building will have six floors, with modern facilities to treat patients.

K. Dasan, Koyilandy MLA, said the project was first mooted during the tenure of the previous LDF-led government. An amount of Rs.11 crore was sanctioned then, but later, a revision was required owing to several reasons.

The Kerala Construction Corporation had taken steps to start the construction, but the project ran out of steam midway. With the completion of the new building, the hospital will be able to admit more patients and improve other allied services. The casualty too will be developed further with the completion of building amenities.

Hospital authorities said the entire operations of the hospital would be shifted to the new building once it was completed.

“Along with the building, other facilities too have to be improved at the hospital. We can spend a major portion of the MLA’s local development fund for that,” Mr. Dasan said.

The final approval of the government for the project came on Saturday. Though the time granted for the completion of the work is two-and-a half years, it may go up to three years.

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