Kannur: The work to set up an International Ayurveda Research Institute at Padiyoor Kallyatt grama panchayat here will begin in September this year. The decision was announced at a meeting chaired by district collector T.V. Subhash to evaluate the major developmental projects in progress. The first phase costing Rs 70 crore will be completed by September 2020. Out of the 311 acres of land needed for the Rs 300-crore project, 36 acres has been acquired for the first phase. KITCO which has undertaken the project said the work would be completed by March 2021.
Modern facilities, including a 100-bed hospital and research centre, herbal nursery and protecting digital manuscripts containing copies of leaflets related to medical knowledge and manuscript library, conservation of herbal plants, planting trees etc will be included in the first stage. An international museum of ayurveda, an administrative block, quarters for scientists, housing system for faculty and students and canteen will be set up in the second stage.
The meeting also decided to complete the first phase of the master plan within 16 months. The district hospital will be upgraded to 6,340 square metres of super-specialty block in five floors. A sum of Rs 71 crore will be spent out of the Rs.100 crore from KIIFB for this.
The meeting decided to expedite the land acquisition for a Global Dairy Village being set up at Vengadu grama panchayat at a cost of Rs 60 crore for which 10 acres of land has been identified. The project aims at constructing 10 satellite dairy farms, producing 10,000 litres of organic milk per day, organic vegetable production, value added products and farm tourism centres. The meeting reviewed the progress of the Kannur City Road Improvement Project implemented by the Kerala Road Fund Board.