Staff Reporter

Chief Minister lays the foundation at Bindapur

NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Sunday said the Capital had witnessed unprecedented development during the past 10 years, which had helped in substantially improving the living standards of the people.

Ms. Dikshit was speaking after laying the foundation stone of a 200-bed hospital at Bindapur. She also inaugurated an old age home under the Assembly Segment of MLA Mukesh Sharma.

Ms. Dikshit said the new hospital would be able to cater to the needs of residents of a number of villages, un-authorised colonies and nearby localities. Stating that her Government had been concentrating on expansion of health infrastructure in the rural areas, Ms. Dikshit said it had already commissioned 12 hospitals with an aim to provide better health care in all parts of the city.

The new hospital at Bindapur would have an out-patient department, operation theatre, diagnostic facilities, X-rays and ultra-sound. Construction work on hospitals at Vikaspuri, Ambedkar Nagar, Siraspur, Burari, Madipur, Jwalapuri, Lawrence Road, Sarita Vihar, Bamnauli, Bapraula and Molarband would start soon. At present, hospitals in Delhi have a combined strength of over 15,000 beds and 3,000 beds would be added in the coming years.

Ms. Dikshit said her Government had been providing the highest monthly pension in the country to aged persons, widows and handicapped, which was enhanced from Rs.600 to Rs.1,000 per month. She expressed confidence that the new old age home would be able to provide comfort and homely atmosphere to aged persons. She exhorted people to pay due respect to the elderly and take benefit from their rich experience.