Rs 1.9-cr ‘dharmachatra’ planned in Hassan

Rs 1.9-cr ‘dharmachatra’ planned in Hassan

With the help of philanthropists, Hasanamba Dharmachatra Samiti is constructing a building to provide accommodation to the relatives of patients admitted to the Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital.

The Dharmachatra, which is being constructed at a cost of Rs 1.9 crore, is nearing completion. It is being constructed on the High School ground adjoining the hospital and can accommodate 50 men and 50 women. The accommodation will have cots, bed, solar water heater for bathing, toilets and separate place to wash clothes.

Though the government had provided the land for the construction of the choultry, it had not allocated any funds. So, a samiti was constituted and funds were collected for the purpose. Philanthropists including Udupi Pejawar Mutt, who donated Rs 1 lakh, Dr Dinesh Smaranartha of ASM Hospital, who donated Rs 1 lakh, and SRS Jewellers, who donated  Rs 1 lakh, donated generously to take up the construction works.

There are around 600 to 800 inpatients in the district hospital regularly. While one person is allowed to stay with the patient, others should leave the hospital after visiting hours. Many relatives can be seen on the premises of the hospital, and in nearby places when the patient’s condition is unstable. Thus, the Samiti decided to build a choultry to ease their problems.

Dr Gururaja Hebbar, president of the Dharmachatra Samiti said that the samiti was registered in 2017. HIMS director Dr B C Ravikumar got the land sanctioned from the government. The construction works are almost over and can accommodate 100 people. There are plans to provide lunch for the occupants in future. We will invite Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, member of the erstwhile royal family, and other dignitaries for the inaugural ceremony, he added.

There is a direct phone connectivity from the hospital to the Dharmachatra. It would help the hospital authorities to contact the family members staying here in case of an emergency.

He explained that only necessary funds was received from the donors.

The financial assistance from around 25 donors had to be declined, he added.

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