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Tata Trusts, PFA to build state-of-the-art veterinary hospital

The emergency clinic for animals, birds, and reptiles in Mumbai region to cost over 100 crore

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Geetanjali Minhas | March 25, 2017 | Mumbai


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Tata Trusts and People For Animals (PFA) announced their collaboration to build a state-of-the-art, multi-specialty veterinary hospital and emergency clinic at Navi Mumbai to serve the needs of all domestic and farm animals at affordable rates.
 
The hospital will be built in Kalamboli at a cost of over Rs 100 crores including construction, facilities and infrastructure and is expected to be ready in two years. The 9,000 sq metres animal-care facility will have a total holding capacity of 235 animals.
 
The land for the project has been provided by CIDCO to Maneka Gandhi's PFA and Tata Trusts will build a four-storey hospital on the plot. The animal-care centre will have an intensive care unit, recovery rooms, imaging and pathology services and offer comprehensive medical care including orthopaedics, dentistry and trauma surgery. Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine will offer design and operational expertise to the facility.
 
At the launch of the centre, Maharashtra chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis called for compassion towards animals and said that human and animal conflict is not because of animals but because of humans. “If we don’t trouble animals they care for us. Animals protect us and they are part of our ecosystem. Lack and loss of animals has caused agri distress and we must fortify our relationship with animals.”
 
“Tata Trusts has supported every initiative of the government in Maharashtra. The coming together of Mrs Maneka Gandhi and Mr Ratan Tata will create capabilities and necessary support to serve animals of the whole country through this hospital,” said Fadnavis. 
 
Women and child development minister and animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi said that 35 years ago, together with Pritish Nandy, MF Hussain, Mario Miranda and Anupam Kher they realised that India required an animal care shelter. “It was Ratan Tata who provided me with my first animal ambulance when I was 30-years-old and after that whenever there were severe funds shortage I approached Tata Trusts and they always helped” she said. 
  
Chairman Tata Trusts, Ratan Tata said that Mumbai has very little to offer in terms for modern facilities to look after the animals. He said, “When his dog broke his ankle and the doctors here advised to amputate his leg we treated him the United States. This was the first time I saw how a state of the art animal care hospital could work. I made up my mind that a premiere city in the country should have world class facility to look after the animals.”
 

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