Udhagamandalam: Coming up on a sprawling area of 40 acres in Fingerpost, the new healthcare facility would house a super-speciality hospital, with modern equipment, hostels for students pursuing medical courses, quarters for doctors and a control room for 108 ambulances.
Despite having popular tourist places and being major producer of plantation crops, the district lacked advanced healthcare facilities and people, including tea estate workers, have to depend on hospitals in neighbouring districts of Coimbatore and Erode.
Locals are happy as it would also be a boon to medical aspirants from the district who now go outside for pursuing medical education.
Palaniswami laid the foundation through videoconferencing and the function was attended by local MLAs and senior district officials.
Earlier in this week, the CM laid the foundation stone for the medical college in Ariyalur district as part of efforts to take best medicare to every corner of the state.