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New secretariat in Chennai to be converted into hospital

Chennai: Shattering the dream project of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, the Tamil Nadu government today decided to convert the Rs 1,200 crore new assembly-cum-secretariat complex into a multi-super-speciality hospital and a new medical college.

Making a suo-motu statement in the Assembly, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said the government will utilise a section of the complex for setting up the hospital on the pattern of prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences(AIIMS) at Delhi, to provide medicare services to the people, particularly the poor.

The hospital will be established in Block A of the complex, Jayalalithaa said announcing a dramatic overturning of a major project of the previous DMK government, which was considered as being close to Karunanidhi’s heart.

The Chief Minister said that a new government medical college will also come up at Block B.
She said the new complex could not be put to use as it was not enough to accommodate 36 departments and “not fit for official use.”

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