Bhubaneswar, Dec 13:
National Thermal Power Corporation, a niche player in Thermal Power (TP) generation in the country, has decided to invest Rs 350 crore, towards setting up of a Medical college and hospital at Sundergarh district.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to this effect was signed between the NTPC and the Principal Secretary Health and family welfare department, Government of Odisha, Pradeep Kumar Mohapatra on Friday at the state secretariat.
The estimated capital expenditure (CAPEX) for this project will be entirely borne by NTPC. The project is likely to be commissioned by 2016-17 academic year, when MBBS students can enroll for the course at that time.
“The proposed Medical college at Sundergarh will have 100 MBBS seats as per the norms prescribed by the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the hospital will be a 400-beded one,” CMD NTPC, Arup Roy Choudhury told media persons.
“Out of 100 seats, 10 seats will be reserved for the qualified candidates of project displaced families and students of NTPC employees’ families,” he said.
“ NTPC aims to invest around Rs 1, 50, 000 crore in the state during the 12th five-year plan, at a rate of Rs 20-30 thousand crore per year,” the CMD said adding, “it has already invested close to Rs 30,000 crore in the state.”
The state government has provided 20 acres of land adjacent to National Highway in the district to NTPC at zero cost for setting up the project.
“We are all committed to provide full fledged support to other PSUs also, who shall come forward to set up similar projects in the state,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said.
“Three medical colleges-cum-hospitals are already in the process of being set up in the tribal-dominated districts like Keonjhar, Kalahandi, Talcher (Angul), and the current one at Sundergarh,” H &FW minister Damodar Raut said by adding “There are total 65 medical colleges-cum-hospital are in the pipeline in the 12th five-year plan across the country.