: Work to convert the erstwhile State Assembly complex to a multi-specialty hospital in Omandurar Government Estate is set to be completed by this year-end.
Moving the demands for grants for Public Works Department (Buildings), Minister K. V. Ramalingam said the work was taken up at a cost of Rs.26.92 crore. Besides the multi specialty hospital, a new medical college would be established in the adjacent building.
The project to convert the erstwhile assembly complex will be finished by December 31 this year. The work is being carried out in various stages in seven floors of the building. According to PWD sources, work is on to create 400-bedded hospital in the premises. Besides creating wards with operation theatres, measures are afoot to provide additional toilet blocks and laundry facilities.
Two additional ramps would also be constructed for the convenience of the patients.
The medical college that would come up on Wallajah Salai would take in 100 students. Design plan for the project is being finalised.
This fiscal, two new projects on Wallajah Salai would be kickstarted, said Minister Ramalingam. A new mega Kalaiarangam would soon replace the Kalaivanar Arangam, which was demolished. Spread over 1.95 lakh square feet, the Kalaiarangam complex would house an auditorium with a seating capacity of 1,200 and a stilt car parking. Two multi-purpose halls that would accommodate 115 persons would be built on second and third floors. Another hall with a capacity to accommodate 1,000 persons would be constructed on the second floor, sources said. The Rs.61 crore project will be completed in a year.
The Omandurar government estate would house a swanky new guest house on Wallajah Salai. The design for the Rs.15 crore project has been approved. It would have 32 rooms on ground and first floors and food court and VIP suites on the second floor, said sources.
Restoration of five heritage court buildings, including Metropolitan magistrate court in George Town and new building for preventive medicine at King Institute, Guindy are among the slew of projects to be taken up this fiscal.
The PWD would also construct an indoor skating stadium at a cost of Rs.12 crore and a sports science centre at Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University in the city.
The department is in the process of identifying the location and design for the skating stadium.