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Mumbai, Dec 21

Hindustan Zinc, part of the London Stock Exchange-listed Vedanta Group, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Rajasthan Government to upgrade the Vedanta Hindustan Zinc Heart Hospital in Udaipur.

The capacity of the hospital, built in 1999, will more than double to 90 beds, besides two units for cardiology and one unit for Cardio Thoracic Vascular Surgery would also be added.

Under the MoU, Hindustan Zinc will contribute Rs 10 crore for the upgradation of the hospital while the Rajasthan Government would meet the annual recurring expenditure required for full use of the facilities.

The MoU was signed by the Principal Secretary (Health Education), Rajasthan, Mr. C.M. Meena, and the Chief Operating Officer of Hindustan Zinc, Mr Akhilesh Joshi, in the presence of the Rajasthan Chief Minister, Mr Ashok Gehlot.

Project management

A project management committee has been constituted under the Chairmanship of the District Collector, Udaipur, Mr Anand Kumar, to implement, monitor and co-ordinate all the project related activities.

The committee will also have Dr. S.K. Kaushik, Principal of RNT Medical College, and Mr Ahmar Sultan, Associate Vice-President, Hindustan Zinc, as members.

Dr Kaushik, who was present on the occasion, said, "the facilities have to be upgraded as the number of patients being catered to have increased recently.

The company, through its social welfare programmes, has improved the lives of more than 500,000 people in about 200 villages in the areas of health, education, livelihood, sanitation, drinking water and various infrastructure development activities in Rajasthan, said a Hindustan Zinc release.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated December 22, 2009)
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