Thursday, 18 February 2016

Medicity is the Way Forward

Medicity is the Way Forward

The Punjab government has modified a medicity policy relating to the allotment of land and plots for multi-speciality hospitals, medical university-cum-hospital and medical research centres in the Medicity in New Chandigarh. The state has also amended its information technology (IT) policy to set up IT services, IT-enabled bio-technology and research and development facilities in SAS Nagar. Medicity will cover 150 acres of area and will have plots of 5-10 acres. 

The area is now going to be developed as a major township by the Punjab government. The detailed policy in this regard had been approved by the Punjab Cabinet to give a fillip to business ventures in Medicity and IT City under the “Invest Punjab” initiative. Medicity is deemed to be country’s one of the largest places of bio-technology and healthcare solutions. More than 260 acres of land has been earmarked for this purpose in New Chandigarh where 100 acres would be utilised for setting-up of world-class multi-speciality hospitals, medical university/medical college cum hospital, and medical research centre. 

The state government's committee on bringing investment to Medicity decided to request PGI to set up a satellite hospital. A formal request was sent by the state government to the director, PGI, and the Union Ministry of Health. It was proposed that against an estimated investment of Rs. 500 crore required by the Centre for the PGI facility, 10 acres of land could be offered at concessional or even zero cost by the state government. The plan is to set-up a hub for medical facilities in Medicity in which 104.21 acres of land has been kept for multi specialty hospitals and medical research institutes. 

The land allotment of 28.10 acres was also recommended for Indo UK Healthcare Pvt Ltd., which is a joint venture of Kings College Hospital to set up 500-bed hospital with the investment of more than Rs. 1,000 crore on completion of its pending documentation. PGI Director,Dr.Yogesh Chawla was also present in the meeting. A proposal from City Clinic Pvt Limited to allot 1 acre plot to set up 100-bed hospital with investment of Rs. 64 crore was also recommended to be taken up further with the competent authority.

It was pointed out that the state government has ope rationalized super speciality cancer and trauma hospitals in Mohali, and super speciality cancer and cardiac hospital in Bathinda with Max healthcare under public-private partnership association. Apollo is managing a 350-bed hospital in Ludhiana and Fortis runs 225-bed and 150-bed facilities in Mohali and Amritsar, respectively. Housing and Urban Development Principal Secretary,Viswajit Khanna said the state is following the policy for allotment of plots for hospitals, multi-specialty hospitals and medical research institutes as was applicable for IT companies. 

The Medicity project was launched in 2011 and it will offer a self-contained campus, with housing facilities for the doctors and other hospital staff members within the area. He said world-class infrastructure and commercial activities would be ensured on the remaining area. He said the government is all set to make Punjab aIT hub of the country like Bengaluru. He said for this purpose, IT units on large scale were being set up by multinational companies. He also said this would generate more skilled employment and would help realise the dream of Punjab for evolving as an IT hub.

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