DEPUTY CM ANNUNCIATES PLOT ALLOTMENT POLICY TO SET UP INSTITUTIONS IN MEDICITY
With a view to providing quality healthcare education and ultra-modern treatment facilities, the Punjab government has finalised a plot allotment policy to set up multi-specialty hospitals, medical colleges and medical research institutes in medicity at New Chandigarh (Mullanpur) and a scrutiny committee has also been constituted to ensure transparency in allotments to eligible enterprises.
Keeping in view the massive response from the private sector to invest in healthcare and biosciences, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has envisioned to set-up a dedicated hub for healthcare facilities to realise the requirements of investors near the state capital.
“Total private healthcare spending in Punjab is about 82 per cent which proves that the market is largely unexplored and it offers a good opportunity for investors to create medical facilities in the state having higher per capita income and more spending power,” an official spokesperson said.
He informed that Sukhbir, who also holds the Housing and Urban Development portfolio, had strategically visualised medicity in New Chandigarh in the neighbourhood of educity for development for multi-specialty hospitals, medical university, medical college-cum-hospital for which GMADA had reserved about 258 acres of land.
He stated that according to allotment policy recently cleared by the deputy chief minister, 104 acre would be allotted to set up hospitals, medical institutes and research centres, whereas balance land would be developed to construct roads, parks, green belts and parking along with residential accommodations, commercial convention centre and other utilities.
He disclosed that 50 acre out a total of 104 acre had already been allotted to Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, which was under construction.
To ensure transparency in plot allotments, the deputy chief minister has constituted a scrutiny committee under the chairmanship of chief secretary and comprising Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Health and Family Welfare Principal Secretary, Punjab Bureau of Investment Promotion Chief Executive Officer, Secretary (Housing and Urban Development), Secretary (Science and Technology), Secretary (Medical Education and Research), Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Director and GMADA Chief Administrator as its members. Highlighting merits of medicity, Sukhbir stressed that availability of land, skilled manpower, connectivity by rail, road and air, excellent upcoming urban infrastructure, improved power situation, world-class communication facilities, located in vicinity of PGIMER and upcoming Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital had offered conducive environment at New Chandigarh near Mullanpur for further development and growth of healthcare facilities in Punjab.