Proposed AIIMS, New Delhi project in Tamil Nadu must come in HPF premises in Ooty.
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HPF, a govt.of India undertaking and now cloased, was already associated with health care industry by virtue of manufacturing X-ray films. It is well equipped with laboratory & R&D facilities for AIIMS' research works spread over about 220acres. Sufficicient water facility, full-fledged buildings for running a hospital with a few modifications for running speciality hospital with less cost, are available. Other than TN govt. run general hospitals, there is neither speciality hospital nor any corporate-run big hospital in Nilgiris. People from the district have to depend upon speciality hospitals in Coimbatore or other places in Tamil Nadu for serious diseases, thus entailing huge cost and lengthy travel. HPF premises is ideal for the proposed AIAIMS project than in any other places in TN. By virtue of being Ooty a hill station, it is endowed with clean air and water and clean environment suitable for ailing patients. Choice of any other places other than Ooty for the project will be cost-intensive since everything has to be done from the scratch - like landscaping, site clearing, roads laying, construction of buildings, bringing in water and power services facilities and others. If the project comes through in HPF, Ooty, housing requirements for the staff may not be a problem because, HPF is well equipped with housing facilities to accommodate more than 2000 families. HPF is located in the idyialic Wenlock Downs, 7 Kms. from the Ooty town on the Ooty-Mysore road and therefore ideal for establishing the proposed AIIMS hospital and it's research wing. I wish, many voices should come in support of this petition. HPF, which was once the proud "Image makers of India", must come in the new avatar of the proposed AIIMS project to regain it's lost glory and serve the people or Tamil Nadu. Will the concerned care to listen ?
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