Hoping to cash in on medical tourism, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) will start allotment of land to various health institutes at the upcoming Medicity in Mullanpur from March 8 (Tuesday). The scheme will remain open till all plots are allotted on a lease-hold basis. In total, GMADA is offering 258 acre (one acre is 43,560 square foot or about the area of a football field) in Medicity Phases 1 and 2. Of this, around 50 acre has already been allotted to Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (under the department of atomic energy in the Centre) through the department of health and family welfare, Punjab.
At the Medicity, the Punjab government plans to have one medical university, one medical college-cum-hospital, one multispecialty hospital and 11 hospitals. “This is our ongoing allotment scheme, wherein all medical institutes would be allotted land. It would be on leasehold basis as per the policy of the Punjab government,” said Rajdeep Kaur estate officer GMADA.
“Hospitals in SAS Nagar have been getting patients from Pakistan and Afghanistan — for heart surgery, liver transplant, orthopaedics expertise and medical care. We are hopeful that the scheme would do well based purely on the business and commercial aspect of the project,” said GMADA sources.
“Punjab is linked with land route to neighbouring countries is hoping to make the most of the opportunity that the Medicity presents.”
PGI satellite centre planned on 10 acre
PGIMER’s satellite centre is also planned to come up in Mullanpur where it would provide out-patient department (OPD) screening facility that shall refer only tertiary care patients ( those in need of hospital and advanced investigation) to the PGI. The ` 500-crore project was approved by the central government after Punjab offered 10 acre to the institute for its expansion. In 2013, the PGI had approached GMADA and the Punjab government to seek 25 acre reserved for Medicity project in Mullanpur.