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Out of his own funds he will provide 50 cots and beds in Vriddhachalam government hospital Actor to provide 50 cots and beds in hospital from own funds

CUDDALORE: Vriddhachalam MLA and founder of Desiya Murpokku Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Vijayakant on Friday handed over a representation to District Collector Gagandeep Singh Bedi, seeking redress of grievances of the people of his constituency.

Mr. Vijayakant pointed out that several villages lacked proper roads and school buildings. Rural areas faced acute drinking water shortage and the existing hand-pumps were in not functioning properly.

The government girls and boys schools did not have basic amenities, and the facilities at Vriddhachalam government hospital ought to be improved and adequate number of doctors be posted.

The hospital should be expanded by annexing part of the adjoining Kayavankuttai (a dried up water source) so as to meet the requirements of the increasing number of patients, he said. He also urged the Collector to expedite the construction of the bridge across the Manimuktha at Vriddhachalam and starting mini-bus services to unconnected areas.

Responding to demands, Mr, Bedi told Mr. Vijayakant that the bridge would be completed by October. The banks of the Manimuktha had become weak at certain points and these ought to be strengthened.

If the MLA identified the water sources to be improved, the work could be taken up under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. Mr. Bedi also promised to set right the hand-pumps and also to look into other demands.

To set up water tank

Later, addressing a press conference at the Circuit House, Mr Vijayakant said out of his own funds he would provide 50 cots and beds, besides repairing 75 cots, in the Vriddhachalam government hospital.