Expected to aid Ramanathapuram's progress

The announcement made in the State Assembly a few days ago on setting up of a medical college here has come as a boost to change the profile of the district. Though the decision has arrived very late considering the age of the district, which is exactly 100 years, it seems that this is a gift on account of centenary celebration of the establishment of the district although it is not being celebrated officially.

The district, which was established in 1900 during the British rule, was trifurcated in 1985 during M.G. Ramachandran regime with the promise of better administrative control on three districts such as Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga and Virudhunagar and accelerated growth. Many felt that though the trifurcation had fulfilled the first part of the promise, the district had hardly developed over the years particularly in terms of industry and services.

However, people feel that the announcement on medical college will slowly and steadily take the district on developmental path. It is expected that besides many advantages to the people of the regions on health aspects, the medical college would accelerate the economic activity considerably. It has paved way for emergency and complicated cases to get quality treatment in the medical college hospital, which will have all specialised branches of medicine, in the town itself.

After the establishment of the college, there will be no need to visit Madurai or other cities for treatment of life threatening cases. Though the detailed project plan, construction activities, proposed facilities, establishment of new hospital or the changes of using the existing facilities with the existing hospital, which has 500 plus beds, are yet to be known, the district administration has got readied the land for the medical college.

“It is a Pongal and new year gift to the people of the district. As many as 50 acres of land near the Collector Office in Pattinamkathan has already been identified for establishing medical college. The process of handing over the land to the concerned departments will take place soon,” says Collector T.N. Hariharan, who was among those who pushed hard for the college.