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Following is a report from the Sambad:
Setting timeline for different projects, Padhi asked the department to complete expansion of Sambalpur-Rourkela road by March and buildings of four medical colleges at Balangir, Balasore, Koraput and Baripada by June this year. Admission to the new medical colleges is expected to start from the 2017-18 academic session. Another medical college is also coming up at Puri and each of the medical college will have 100 seats.
BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has decided to build separate hospitals for the new medical colleges at Balasore, Balangir and Puri. The hi-tech hospitals are likely to be ready within next six months.
While construction of buildings for the medical colleges is underway, it was earlier decided that the existing district headquarters hospitals (DHHs) will be upgraded as per the norms of Medical Council of India (MCI).
The Centre had approved establishment of five Government medical colleges and hospitals at Balasore, Koraput, Balangir, Baripada and Puri in 2014. It was announced that all five medical colleges would have student intake capacity of 100 each and around `200 crore would be spent for upgradation of the DHHs to a full-fledged medical college and hospital in each district.
While existing DHHs at Koraput and Baripada are being upgraded as per the MCI norms, it is not feasible to upgrade the hospitals of rest three districts, sources said.
Health Secretary Arti Ahuja said at a high-level meeting chaired by the Chief Secretary, it was decided that separate hospitals will be constructed for the medical colleges at Balasore, Puri and Balangir.
“The Works Department will prepare the estimate for these new hospitals on and without turn-key basis. The estimate for equipment, instruments and furniture (EIF) will be prepared separately,” she said.Though it has not been decided whether the construction work will be done on turn-key basis, the Works Department has been asked to submit the estimate on turn-key basis and also separate estimates for civil work and EIF by September 30.
Since the Government is willing to start admission in these new medical colleges next year, ideally the infrastructure should be ready by March next. The admission can only be possible after a team from MCI gives its nod following infrastructure inspection.
While Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had laid the foundation stone for the medical college at Balasore on October 28, 2014, the same at Puri and Balangir was done on July 4 and August 30 last year. The Government has also created posts for these medical institutions.
BHUBANESWAR : Rajya Sabha member AU Singhdeo has urged Defence Minister Arun Jaitely to use the Ordnance Factory at Balangir’s Badmal for augmenting production of Pinaka rockets.
Since a major consideration for choosing location of production facilities is availability of land, the Badmal ordnance factory fits the bill. The facility has 12,200 acres of land of which 5,000 acres is lying unused, he said in a letter to the Defence Minister.
The Centre has sanctioned capacity expansion of Pinaka rockets from 1,000 rockets a year to 5,000. Currently, two new variants of the rocket are undergoing evaluation and upon successful completion of the assessment, the requirement would go up to 12,000 rockets annually.
Since Pinaka and Smerch rockets are being inducted by Indian Army, their production will be taken up by ordnance factories.
Instead of taking up capacity expansion in a piecemeal manner, Singhdeo suggested, the whole exercise should be taken up in one go. This would eliminate duplication of facilities and reduction of costs.
The senior BJD leader who represents Balangir said it is one of the most backward regions in the country and apart from the ordnance factory there has been no major investment by the Centre in the district. If the capacity expansion is taken up, it would boost the district’s economic activity.
In a separate letter, the Rajya Sabha member has requested Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to take steps for setting up an agriculture university in Balangir.
“Odisha, having just one Agriculture University, needs at least one more. The BJD manifesto promises to set up an agri-university in KBK districts. Balangir, representing the backward and western Odisha districts, is the most suitable place for a second university,” he said adding, in terms of technical education infrastructure, Balangir has no academic institute as yet.
With the Centre’s approval for upgradation of the Puri district headquarter hospital to a medical college besides four other such facilities at Balasore, Koraput, Balangir and Baripada, the Odisha government today said it is all set to float tenders for construction work in June this year.
“While the Union Ministry of Health had earlier sanctioned setting up of four medical colleges at Balasore, Baripada, Balangir and Koraput by upgrading the existing district headquarter hospitals there, approval has now come for Puri hospital,” said health and family welfare secretary P K Mohapatra.
All five proposed medical colleges would have student intake capacity of 100 each and around Rs 200 crore would be spent for upgradation of the hospitals to a full-fledged medical college and hospital in each case, Mohapatra said.
The project cost will come from Centrally-sponsored Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Surakhsa Yojana scheme, he said adding the Centre will provide 75 per cent while the state will shoulder the rest 25 per cent cost.
Under the scheme, DHHs having more than 200 beds were considered for such upgradation, he said. Mohapatra said the state government was planning to float tenders for the five medical colleges by June 15 and start construction from October onwards.
Meanwhile, sources said the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) has given its nod to set up two medical colleges in Gajapati and Rayagada districts on PPP mode.
Each medical college will have 100 seats and 500 beds. The projects would be executed at a cost of Rs 326 crore each, they said.
Odisha presently has three government run medical colleges at Cuttack, Berhampur and Burla.