Special Correspondent

No delay on the part of the State in executing expansion programmes

Three acres allotted for regional blood bank and plasma fractionation unit

CHENNAI: The State government on Tuesday denied Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss’ allegations that the Centre could not commence work on a few health projects granted to Tamil Nadu because of the delay in land allotment by the State.

In a release here, the government said there was no delay on the part of the State government in implementing the Rs.100-crore expansion programmes for the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the Government Hospital for Women and Children and the Kasturba Gandhi Hospital for Women and Children in Chennai.

The Health Department had issued an administrative order after the Centre released the first instalment of Rs 79.50 crore for the programme.

As for land allotment for the regional blood bank and a plasma fractionation unit, the release said the government allotted 3 acres out of the 10 acres given to the hospital on the Central Prison premises. Likewise, there was no delay in giving land for the establishment of the National Institute on Ageing.

The State had already written to the Centre that the institute could be set up on the vacant land in the government peripheral hospital at K.K.Nagar.

Though Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss had said the Centre had sanctioned Rs. 50 crore for the institute, no allotment had been made.

There was no truth in his statement that no land was allotted for establishing the Siddha Research Institute at Tambaram, as land had been allotted and construction had started, the release said.