A first of its kind sports injury centre with a budget of Rs 70 crore is coming up at the Safdarjung hospital in the national capital, which will cater to athletes participating in the Commonwealth Games.
The seven-storey structure will be completed by August 31, the deadline for most of the CWG projects, Vineet Choudhary, Chairperson of the monitoring committee of the sports injury centre said.
The high-end equipment worth Rs 6 crore for the project, which will include an imaging centre and a diagnostic centre, has been procured through public-private partnership and is ready for use, he told reporters in New Delhi.
Equipment worth Rs 17 crore were listed to be procured for the centre, out of which equipment worth Rs 6 crore have already been procured and the balance are under advanced stages of procurement, he said.
The centre will have a patient capacity of 44 beds in two wards. It will have three modular operation theatres with pre-operative, post-operative and a two-bedded ICU in post-operative room.
Certain high-end equipment like MRI CT Scan, Bone Densitometry, Digital X-Ray and Color Doppler and Laboratory services have been outsourced on revenue sharing basis under the PPP mode.
"Consequently there would be less upfront expenditure by the government on equipment," Chaudhary added.
The diagnostic and the imaging centres would be made available to all people irrespective of whether they are sports persons or not.
The charges for the facilities would be same as that of Safdarjung hospital if they have been referred from the hospital, free for BPL families and private rates if the person comes from any other hospital.
All the services would be provided on a PPP basis.
"A demand for such a centre had been there since 1990s. It has not been set now only for the CWG games, but has been fast-tracked in view of the games," he said.
Dr Deepak Chowdhary, in-charge of the Centre, said, the project has been completed in 30 months time and is of international standards.