Pranab Mukherjee says Udupi is a place of progress, advancement during hospital inauguration

Udupi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said the coastal district of Udupi in Karnataka had developed into a region of advancement and progress.

Speaking after laying the foundation stone for the super speciality hospital being built by NRI entrepreneur B R Shetty at K M Marg in Udupi, Mukherjee said his association with Karnataka dated back to four decades when former prime minister Indira Gandhi contested the Lok Sabha by-elections from Chikkamagaluru in 1978.

File image of President Pranab Mukherjee. PTI

File image of President Pranab Mukherjee. PTI

The president symbolically laid the foundation for the state-of-the-art hospital in a formal ceremony organised at Rajangana hall in Udupi.

He congratulated B R Shetty and his wife for taking the initiative to provide top quality healthcare to the people of the coastal region and for their contribution to society in various sectors.

The president also recalled the contributions of Haji Abdullah, who granted the land at K M Marg to establish the government mother and child hospital over 90 years ago, where Shetty’s super speciality is coming up under BRS Health and Research Institute Private Limited, based on a Memorandum of Understanding with the state government.

State Health Minister Ramesh Kumar, Bengaluru urban development minister K J George, district in charge minister Pramod Madhwaraj were among those present.

Earlier, the president was received at the Adi Udupi helipad by district in charge minister Pramod Madhwaraj, Udupi deputy commissioner Priyanka Mary Francis and other officials.

Later the President visited the Sri Krishna mutt and offered prayers at the temple.

He also met Paryaya Pejawar mutt seer Vishwesha Teertha Swami.


Updated Date: Jun 18, 2017 16:34 PM

Also Watch

Social Media Star: Abhishek Bachchan, Varun Grover reveal how they handle selfies, trolls and broccoli
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 It's a Wrap: Soorma star Diljit Dosanjh and Hockey legend Sandeep Singh in conversation with Parul Sharma
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 Watch: Dalit man in Uttar Pradesh defies decades of prejudice by taking out baraat in Thakur-dominated Nizampur village
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 India's water crisis: After govt apathy, Odisha farmer carves out 3-km canal from hills to tackle scarcity in village
  • Sunday, July 15, 2018 Maurizio Sarri, named as new Chelsea manager, is owner Roman Abramovich's latest gamble in quest for 'perfect football'

Also See