The filthy roads leading to Delhi government's GB Pant Hospital will don a swanky new look in the run up to the Commonwealth Games.
The government has designated the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) and GB Pant hospitals as hospital where sports persons and officials attending the Commonwealth Games will be treated, if need be.
Currently the Image and Look team of the Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee (OC) is working to improve GB Pant’s façade to create the “right ambience”.
“The Municipal Corporation of Delhi is already in the process of removing encroachments from the lane leading to the hospital. The Image and Look team is working on new design to suit the hospital’s exterior,” said an OC official official.
The team will also design a new look for RML Hospital.
“We cannot tinker with the structure of the hospital, as it is a heritage building. We have to tread cautiously,” said the OC official.
All the three hospitals will keep aside 30 beds for sports persons and officials attending the Commonwealth Games.
“The expertise available in these hospitals match international standard but the ambience both inside and outside needs to be created. The hospitals are also in the process of sprucing up their surrounding,” said a senior OC official.
The hospitals are also procuring special equipment and setting up areas to keep patients during the Games.
“They will have dedicated areas where patient will be admitted. All kind of emergency treatment would be provided there,” the official said.
Each hospital will be attached to a cluster of stadiums where different sporting events will take place. For instance, GB Pant Hospital will cater to any medical cases coming from the CW Games Village, IG stadium, Chatrasaal stadium and the Delhi University venues.
AIIMS will be linked to Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium, Sirifort stadium, Dr Karni Singh shooting range, RK Khanna tennis complex and the training venues at Jamia Milia Islamia university and Saket sports complex.
RML Hospital would be linked to Talkatora stadium, Major Dhyan Chand National stadium and Shivaji stadium.
“We will also have a polyclinic inside the games village which will be manned by 70 doctors working in shifts,” said the official.