MEDI City- the state-of-the-art healthcare township planned by the Chandigarh administration to be developed on a public-private partnership (PPP) model in Makhan Majra on the periphery of the UT - will now be extended up to 50 acres from 30 acres.
Senior UT administration officials told ET, “The plan of action is being chalked out presently, and a final scheme will be ready within a fortnight. The area has now been increased to 50 acres. There is a strong possibility that it may be increased to 60 acres as well.”
Other than having specialty hospitals dedicated to cardiology and cancer treatment, nursing schools, training schools and a dental college are also being added to the initial blue print. According to the officials, the number of campuses may also increase. The preliminary plan involves establishment of 4-5 campuses, which will be constructed and operated by established individual players of the healthcare industry.
The PPP model would allow the administration to introduce a clause, whereby the private player will have to provide medical services to people below poverty line (BPL) within the city and the region at subsidised rates. The administration will float expressions of interest (EoIs) for the project in August. Sources reveal that Fortis has evinced interest in the project.
The interest of a number of players, including Inscol, Dr Bedi’s and Health Kids International, is evident since the administration is floating another project of an individual hospital in the southern part of the city. The 4-acre plot would have a multi-specialty hospital, which will also include a trauma centre. The grapevine has it that Reliance has evinced interest in this project, which will also be implemented on the PPP model.
Both the projects will add up to the existing medical infrastructure of the city that comprises Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Emergency and Research (PGI-MER) and Government Medical College and Hospital.