AP CM Naidu inaugurates Rs 100 cr eye hospital in Tirupati
Tirupati, Mar 4 (PTI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N
Chandrababu Naidu Monday inaugurated the Rs 100 crore Sri
Venkateswara Aravind Eye Hospital here.
He inaugurated the hospital after taking part in several
government programmes in Madanapalle, Pungunur and Tirupati,
in his native Chittoor district
The 140 bedded eye hospital built at a cost of Rs 100
crore here would render 50 per cent of its services on payment
and the balance would be made available either free of cost or
at higly subsidized rate,an official of the hospital told PTI.
The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, which governs the
famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala here had
resolved in 2015 to allot seven acres owned by it on lease for
a nominal annual charge to the Tamil Nadu based Aravind Eye
Care Systems, a temple official said.
They had come forward to construct a mega eye care
hospital for the benefit of pilgrims, general public in
Rayalaseema districts and TTD staff, he said.
The Aravind Eye Care Hospitals, a World Health
Organisation collaborating centre for prevention and control
of blindness, now runs a dozen eye hospitals in Tamil Nadu and
one in the holy city Tirupati as well, an official of
hospitals said.
    Before inaugurating the Aravind Hospital here, Naidu
also laid the foundation stones for various works, including a
Rs 624 core elevated corridor under the Rs 1564 crore Tirupati
under smart city project. PTI COR APR