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Rashtrapati Bhavan : 25.07.2015

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated a new AYUSH Wellness Clinic and a restored Clock Tower in Schedule ‘B’ area of the President’s Estate today (July 25, 2015) to mark the completion of the third year of his Presidency.

Speaking on the occasion of inauguration of AYUSH Wellness Clinic, the President said that in the three years of his Presidency numerous measures have been taken for the welfare of the residents of the President’s Estate. Government programmes such as financial inclusion schemes, concept of a smart city, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan etc. have been implemented in Rashtrapati Bhavan as soon as the government launched them. The Central Public Works Department has further shown that it can implement projects on time and sometimes, even ahead of time.The President thanked the government and all the staff of Rashtrapati Bhavan for the support extended to him in undertaking various initiatives in the Estate.

Keeping in view the emphasis laid by the Government to holistic methods of healing and therapy by Indian systems of medicine & homeopathy, Rashtrapati Bhavan has established the AYUSH Wellness Clinic (AWC) in the President’s Estate. The Clinic will cater to the medical needs of the President, officials of President’s Secretariat and residents of the President’s Estate. The AWC will have treatment facilities in the streams of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha & Homeopathy under one roof with the assistance of the Ministry of AYUSH. A dilapidated building in the President’s Estate has been renovated and converted into the AWC. The work of renovation was started on March 30, 2015 and completed on July 24, 2015.

The clock tower in Schedule ‘B’ area of President’s Estate is a heritage structure built by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1925. It was known in the past as Band House and used for residential purposes. Restoration work of the Clock Tower has been done by INTACH while repair of Clock has been done by IIT, Delhi. The building was precisely documented and analyzed prior to the restoration work. The restoration undertaken includes preservation of original plaster, Kota stone flooring, repair of conical obelisks, cleaning and painting of fire places etc. as per original design.

This Press Release issued at 1400 hrs.