Tirupati, Sept 2: President Ram Nath Kovind has inaugurated a 750-bed Padmavathi Medical College hospital here on Saturday. He said that he is honored and happy to pay a visit to the temple town of Andhra Pradesh after arriving in Tirupati as part of his two-day visit.
Governor ESL Narasimhan along with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Ministers received Ram Nath Kovind on Friday. The President was felicitated by the state government at a function held at SV University Grounds.
Speaking on the occasion, Kovind greeted people in Telugu saying, "Andhariki namaskaram."
"After assuming charge as President of India, I paid my first visit to Jammu and Kashmir and the second to down South — Tirupati. I am happy," he said.
President hailed Andhra Pradesh state for giving great leaders like legendary NT Rama Rao and former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao among several others t leaders who served relentlessly for the nation.
Later, the President inaugurated a 750-bed Padmavathi Medical College hospital. The hospital, which houses a hospital, medical college, and hostel for students, is constructed at a cost of Rs 512 crore. While the main college building was constructed at a cost of Rs 190 crore, the seven-story building which is a state of the art facility, is one of its kind in the Rayalaseema region.