Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh laid the foundation stone for construction of Red Cross Sarai at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research on Friday.
He also distributed wheelchairs and tricycles to the physically-challenged. The home minister appreciated the initiative taken by the Chandigarh administration and PGI authorities.
The land for the Sarai has been provided by the PGI to Indian Red Cross Society, Chandigarh, and the construction will be done by Infosys Limited.
The IRCS will run the Sarai that will be constructed within 18 months at an approximate cost of Rs 12 crore. The total area of the site earmarked for the construction of Sarai is 40,000 square feet.
The 316-bedded building has been designed to cater to the needs of patients and attendants visiting the PGI.
The building will consist of waiting lounge, cloak room, kitchen, dining, pharmacy, lifts and others and will be fully-equipped with ultra modern facilities like electrical and backup generators.
A parking capacity of 40 four-wheelers is provided in the basement with separate entry and exit ramps with additional four-wheeler and two-wheeler parking at the surface level.