Renowned cardiac surgeon Dr K M Cherian has expressed his displeasure over the State Govt’s attitude towards his multi-specialty bio-hospital project at Parumala near Thiruvalla, stating that he has abandoned the project forever.
“The state has lost an opportunity to have the first bio-hospital. Russian amphibian ambulance service was ready to come here. Whenever I meet the Russian Consular, he asks about the project in Parumala,” Cherian said on the sidelines of the 60th Annual Conference of the Indian Association of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons.
“I do not have any hope in the project now and have no intentions to come back to the state with the project,” Cherian said and added that the project was pending consideration with the govt for the past many years. Stating that all political leaders, including Defence Minister A K Antony, CM Oommen Chandy, Opposition Leader V S Achuthanandan and CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan knew about the project, Cherian alleged that the govt lacked the willpower. “Even though CMs and Ministers concerned had given approval for the project, it was still pending,” he said.
He stated that the application for constructing the hospital in the highland adjacent to the present Perumala Mission Hospital was given in 2011. “We had not been doing any cultivation in the paddy field proposed for the hospital for decades. However, objections were raised from certain corners,” he said.