Kolkata: The Minister of State for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy, Mr. Piyush Goyal, today inaugurated Premashraya, a 10-storeyed residential facility for underprivileged cancer patients and their relatives, at the Tata Medical Center hospital in Kolkata.
Premashraya has been constructed with a donation of Rs. 41 crores by Coal India Limited, and the land has been donated by the Tata Trusts and Tata companies. The facility will provide accommodation to underprivileged patients who discontinue treatment due to lack of affordable residential facilities. Located 500 metres from the Tata Medical Center, it will house 200 patients and 300 family members. The Tata Medical Center has partnered with St. Jude India Child Care Centre, which works with cancer-stricken children, whereby two floors have been assigned to it to set up and run centres specifically for children being treated at the Tata Medical Center. These will be named Premashraya Child Care Centres. A floor has also been dedicated to palliative care.
The Tata Medical Center, a non-for-profit institution for cancer research, diagnosis and treatment, was set up in 2011 by the Tata Trusts and Tata companies in response to the fact that the highest number of cancer patients come from Eastern India. More than 45,000 cancer patients have been treated at the Center since it was set up, and close to half of the beds are reserved for the treatment of the underprivileged.
According to Dr. Mammen Chandy, Director, Tata Medical Center, “With limited affordable residential facilities around the Tata Medical Center, many of our underprivileged cancer patients discontinue their treatment. To provide a long-term solution to this problem and offer a home-away-from-home to them, Premashraya has been built. This facility stands out as a ray of hope for those who come to the hospital from all over Eastern India. We thank Coal India and the Tata Trusts and Tata companies for their generous contribution. We urge others to join us in our efforts to extend a compassionate hand to the not-so-fortunate suffering from this disease.”
Mr. S. Bhattacharya, Chairman and Managing Director, Coal India Limited, said, “Coal India believes in a Corporate Social Responsibility that actually touches and impacts the lives of people in a meaningful way. Premashraya is one such step. Many patients, of weaker section, come to Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata from outstation for treatment along with their relatives. In a city like Kolkata, some of them need a place to stay. Considering the criticality of treatment our endeavour is to provide shelter to these patients within the proximity of the hospital during their treatment. Coal India is happy to be associated with such a humanitarian cause. Premashraya is constructed on a home-away-from-home concept with all amenities.”
Premashraya is designed by Sonke Hoof, a German architect of Vastu Shilpa Consultants, an architects’ firm. Internally, the building exudes warmth and friendliness. It uses the village adda concept, which incorporates bright open spaces between clusters of residential rooms where family members can sit, chat and learn new skills. The space also includes kitchens. Every floor and every room has a theme inspired by nature. A corridor of prayer and contemplation represents the universality of religions. Renowned Indian painter and Padmashri awardee, Paresh Maity, has donated a painting for the façade of the building, which depicts a group of villagers with a hurricane lamp moving forward positively. It is this light that is captured in a multi-coloured flame that has evolved into the logo of Premashraya.
The facilities at Premashraya also include a cafeteria, emergency room, pharmacy, counselling room, physiotherapy room, library with internet facility, play area for children, conference room/workshop room, an ATM, a department store and a book store.
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