The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) proposed metro blood bank, which faced heavy opposition from the staff and doctors at the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital, also known as Sion hospital, has got its final go ahead. The proposal for the blood bank was approved after the staff agreed to a modified proposal.
This, after Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray intervened, and had a joint meeting with all the concerned agencies at the mayor’s bungalow on Saturday.
The World Bank is funding the Centre’s Rs 340-crore blood bank project. The project will have a technical institute to study better transfusion techniques and will house one of the biggest blood banks in the city, along with blood unit processing centres.
As part of the settlement, the BMC agreed to build the blood bank at the corner of the plot. “We have tried our best to hand out the smallest portion of land to the blood bank, so that the project gets a large built-up area,” said a senior civic official. The BMC also promised to simultaneously work on modernising the hospital.
The city currently faces a deficit of around 80,000 units of blood. Additional municipal commissioner, Manisha Mhaiskar said, “This blood bank will ensure that the city can store more than 1 lakh blood units.”
According to the revised plan, out of the total plot area of 16,343 sqm, the blood bank will occupy 9,000 sqm. The BMC will construct up to 64,000 sqm of built-up area (BUA) on the remaining plot. Around 25,000 sqm of the BUA will be used to build quarters for doctors. “The rest of the BUA will be used to expand the for hospital,” an official said.
Standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale said an emergency budgetary provision of around Rs 50 crore will be made to ensure that work on the hospital begins soon. The proposal will be tabled before the standing committee on Wednesday.