Government hospital proposed at Yerwadi

RAMANATHAPURAM, AUG.14. The State Government has decided to construct 30-bed Government Hospital at Yerwadi at a cost of Rs.1 crore with the aim of admitting mentally ill patients, who come to this village for cure.

The Collector, K. Chellamuthu, said the proposed hospital would reduce the number of mentally ill patients wandering unnecessarily on the streets of Yerwadi. The hospital would facilitate rehabilitation department officials to transport the mentally ill to admit them to specialist hospitals in Tamil Nadu, after giving initial treatment and completing administrative procedures.

He said the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, had given permission to start a Marine Training Centre at Mandapam for giving marine sailing training to the policemen who manned the job of patrolling along the seashore.

The centre would produce specialists to deal with smugglers using the waterways. The administration would consider using the unused ship belonged to the fisheries department.

To reduce water crisis of Ramanathapuram, the Tamil Nadu Water and Drainage Board had sent a proposal to the Central Government to construct a desalination project at a cost of Rs.15 crores, the Collector said.

Another proposal had been prepared for establishing a separate desalination for the people of Kilakarai at an estimated cost of Rs.1.5 crores. The people of Kilakarai contributed Rs.40 lakhs for the project, Mr. Chellamuthu said.

After completion of the project by the TWAD Board, the plant would be handed over to the Kilakarai municipality for operation and maintenance, he added.

Mr. Chellamuthu said the district exceeded the target of Rs.40.5 crores as small savings against the target of Rs.40 crores last year. The district received Rs.5.15 crores under the self-sufficient scheme.

Under this scheme, 58 roads and other works had been taken up to the value of Rs.383 lakhs with the public contribution of Rs.95.08 lakhs. Following good response from the public to contribute for rural scheme, a proposal would be sent to the Government for getting additional fund of Rs.200 lakhs.

A separate helpline would be set up to curb illicit liquor menace. The public could inform the movements and production of illicit liquor to the Superintendent of Police and excise department officials. The identities of the informers would be maintained secretly, the Collector added.

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