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Two super-specialty centres to come up at Chandigarh’s PGI

Apart from the two, the PGIMER is also preparing for three more buildings, which will be constructed on the land in Sarangpur – new OPD, trauma centre and cancer institute.

punjab Updated: Jun 28, 2017 15:12 IST
Tanbir Dhaliwal

The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) is gearing up to start the construction work of two super-specialty centres for neurosciences, and mother and child care, within this year.

Apart from the two, the PGIMER is also preparing for three more buildings, which will be constructed on the land in Sarangpur – new OPD, trauma centre and cancer institute.

The plan for these buildings was presented in detail on Tuesday, at a meeting of standing finance committee chaired by CK Mishra, secretary, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

“The main focus of the institute is to start the construction work of centres for mother and child care, and neurosciences. We have not received the money so far,” said Dr Jagat Ram, director, PGIMER.

The neurosciences centre will cost around Rs 495 crore and the mother and child care centre will cost around Rs 485 crore.

“In today’s meeting, we have asked for at least Rs 50 crore to start the construction work. The secretary was positive about the issue and now it will be placed in the committee meeting, which will be held next month,” he said.

In a separate meeting, the health secretary was shown PGIMER’s expansion plan, wherein details were shared about three buildings - new OPD, trauma centre, and cancer institute. The budget for the three buildings is around Rs 2,000 crore.

“The health secretary was positive about the expansion plan, but he said the budgets for all these buildings cannot be approved in one go. He has asked PGIMER to choose one project (out of the three), which we want to construct first. And we have chosen new OPD at Sarangpur to be prioritised,” said a senior officer from PGI administration.

Agendas approved by the panel

The panel has given its conditional approval for at least 12 faculty posts of drug de-addiction centre at PGIMER. It has also approved Rs 93.5 crore for 144 houses for PGIMER staff. The panel has also given its nod to construction work at Nehru building, gynaecology ward and other sites.