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Set for better times: The site where the modernised Communicable Diseases Hospital at Tondiarpet will come up.
Set for better times: The site where the modernised Communicable Diseases Hospital at Tondiarpet will come up.

Staff Reporter

Buildings for

air-borne infection, fever block and kitchen will be constructed

CHENNAI: The Communicable Diseases Hospital, which is to complete its centenary soon, will be modernised in about 18 months, Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin said here on Thursday.

Laying the foundation stone for the modern facility in Tondiarpet at a cost of Rs.13.53 crore, he said the modernised hospital would come up in an area spread over 10,197 sq.ft.

Buildings for air-borne infection, fever block and kitchen would be constructed and sophisticated equipment provided.

Of the total cost, about Rs. 8 crore has been sanctioned as grant from the State government and the remaining mobilised from the Chennai Corporation fund.

Mr. Stalin also promised reward for officials if the scheme was completed ahead of the schedule as the hospital catered for patients from neighbouring districts as well.

He also unveiled plaques to mark inauguration of 80 buildings, including gymnasiums, noon meal centres, playgrounds and kitchen sheds constructed in various parts of north Chennai at a cost of Rs.11.84 crore.

North Chennai has been sanctioned development works worth Rs.542.44 crore in the past three years, he said.

Works are under way to build vehicular subways and bridges in many northern areas such as Villivakkam and Ganesapuram.

Responding to north Chennai Member of Parliament T.K.S. Elangovan’s demand, Mr. Stalin said that a proposal to extend the Chennai Metro Rail Project till Tiruvottiyur is being reviewed and decision would be taken based on the feasibility report.

Chennai Mayor M. Subramanian said that every ward would be provided a health dispensary in four or five months.

The city has 148 dispensaries so far. Moreover, the number of gymnasiums has been increased to 176 now. Eighty more buildings would be inaugurated in south Chennai next month.

Corporation Commissioner Rajesh Lakhoni said that blood tests and electro cardiogram would be done free of cost at all dispensaries in one or two months.

Deputy Mayor R. Sathyabama, DMK floor leader N. Ramalingam and Chairman of Zone 2 V. Shanmugasundaram participated in the function.

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