TN Govt allocates more lands for GGH, SMC expansion

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Chennai, Apr 17 (UNI) The Tamil Nadu Government today announced allocation of more land for the expansion of the 165-year-old Government General Hospital (GGH) and the Stanley Medical College (SMC) hospital.

Chief Minister M Karunanidhi told the state Assembly that as part of expansion plans, about ten acres of lands, where the old Chennai prison was housed, would be allotted to the GGH, located opposite to Chennai Central Station, and another ten acres belonging to the PWD department, to the SMC.

Making a statment under Rule 110, he said since the Chennai Central prison was shifted to suburban Puzhal, there was a vacant area of 13.238 acres, which had housed the old prison.

Of this, one acre would be allotted to the Chennai Metro Rail Project office and another 1.5 acres to the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) for setting up a sub-station as part of the Metro Rail project.

Observing that the 165-year-old Government General Hospital, housed in a 30 acre area, was facing space constraints, he said the government had decided to allot ten acres of old Chennai Prison land to the hospital for further expansion.

The hospital has 2,722 beds and a Medical college, where about 2,000 students were studying, was also functioning. Moreover, about 12,000 people were treated as outpatients per day, he said and added that there had been a long pending demand seeking more lands for expansion.

Similarly, the SMC, where 1,500 students were studying, was also facing space constraints. The government has decided to allot 10 acres of PWD land, situated adjacent to the hospital, to the SMC for expansion, he added.

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