Earlier this year in June, PT had shed light on the sad plight of Matheran’s sole hospital facility – The Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Hospital, which was established in 1902 by Rustomjee Jeejeebhoy in the memory of his father, Byramjee.
Mumbai-based good samaritan, Adil Gandhy, joint owner of the Woodlands Bungalow in Matheran, had not only donated emergency medical equipment to the hospital, with the collective support of a few friends and well-wishers, but had also planned to restore it to its former glory. Adil was crestfallen at the loss of the loyal and hardworking house-help – Anil, who had served the Gandhy family property for years, and succumbed to the deadly Covid-19, because of the lack of appropriate equipment and treatment which could have saved his life.
Having got the planning in place, the Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Hospital is now set for a Collection Drive for its repairs and renovation. The Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Trusts are being cooperative and have promised some donations, but it is hoped that other Trusts and Matheran lovers will also come forth to donate to this public cause.
Kirtida Unwalla, qualified Heritage Architect, will supervise the repairs and renovation. Being a peoples’ project – by the people, for the people – with no government or private funding, collections are welcome from all – immaterial of the size of the donation as even small token donations fill up the kitty.
It takes a village to resurrect a hospital. Today, this heritage building in our favourite hill station lies in a state of disrepair due to a lack of funds. MATHERAN’S HERITAGE ICON NEEDS YOUR HELP!
Matheran is the only hill station where no vehicles are allowed. The town has strict heritage conservation laws that have helped protect its fragile ecology and heritage structures. However, its designated Municipal Hospital, staffed by a couple of resident doctors, is currently in a bad state. This forces Matheran residents – the indigenous communities in the surrounding area and tourists to travel to far away places for treatment and emergencies.
When people come together, good things can happen. THE MATHERAN HOSPITAL PROJECT is a people’s project that brings together residents and well-wishers of the beautiful hill resort. With your support:
- The heritage structures of the hospital as well as the Outpatient clinic will be renovated and restored.
- The restoration will help raise hygiene, improve the functionality of the hospital.
- It will help serve the community and visiting tourists for years to come.
BECOME PART OF THE MATHERAN HOSPITAL PROJECT!
Donations can be made to:
‘Step Up Charitable Foundation’
HDFC Bank, Worli Branch
Bank Account No: 0240256000281
IFSC Code: HDFC0000240
And also at Ketto.org: https://www.ketto.org/fundraiser/matheranhospital
|Please Note: Only domestic contributions will be accepted.
For more information and details on how else you can help, contact Adil Gandhy: +91 9821086276.
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