Rs 100 crore eye hospital comes up in Tirupati

Tirupati: Sri Venkateswara Aravind Eye Hospital, a 140-bedded hospital built at a cost of Rs 100 crore, was inaugurated by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in Tirupati yesterday.

According to media reports, the hospital would charge 50 per cent of its services on payment and the balance would be made available either free of cost or at highly subsidized rate.

After laying foundation stones for various works, including a Rs 624 core elevated corridor under the Rs 1564 crore Tirupati under smart city project, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu yesterday inaugurated the Rs 100 crore Sri Venkateswara Aravind Eye Hospital.

In 2015, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams had promised to allot seven acres owned by it on lease for a nominal annual charge to Tamilnadu-based Aravind Eye Care Systems, who had come forward to construct a mega eye care hospital.

The foundation stone for the hospital was laid by Naidu on 21st May 2017 in the presence of the senior management team of Aravind hospitals, which is a World Health Organisation collaborating centre for prevention and control of blindness. It would benefit pilgrims, general public and TTD staff.

NT Bureau