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Whose land is it anyway?

A 5,523- square feet area within the Sir Sayajirao General Hospital campus lies in the midst of a tug of war after it was allotted to two units for infrastructure development.

Written by DEBARATI BASU | Vadodara | Published: February 18, 2009 2:46 am

College of Nursing and Dept of Physiotherapy are joint owners of a 5,523-sq ft area within SSG campus

A 5,523- square feet area within the Sir Sayajirao General (SSG) Hospital campus lies in the midst of a tug of war after it was allotted to two units for infrastructure development. None of the two units are ready to shift to a place outside the SSG campus,and now both will try to find a solution to the three-year old problem when they meet the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) in Gandhinagar on Wednesday.

The College of Nursing had received a grant of Rs 1.25 crore in 2006 to build its own residential college in the campus with better facilities. But while the work was left half way,the same land was given to the Department of Physiotherapy in April 2008. Both the units as well as the administration are now completely clueless about the real owner of the land and its fate.

The land was offered to the College of Nursing with plans to replace the three-and-a-half year diploma course in General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) (in Gujarati medium) with a four-year long basic Bachelor of Science course in English medium.

“As per the initial plans in 2006,we were given permission for a three-storied residential college. The BSc Nursing course was started this year with 50 students,and the intake of students is likely to go up,as there is a phase-wise closure of the GNM course,” said Harish Chaudhry,Principal,College of Nursing.

The same land was later given to the Department of Physiotherapy,confusing even the administration.

“After we had requested a better infrastructure set up,an oral confirmation was given to us in April 2008,allocating the land; but no paper work was followed later,” said Beena Kodnani,Head of the Department,Physiotherapy.

After the confusion,the College of Nursing was given a second option of land within the Vaccine Campus at Old Padra Road and the Department of Physiotherapy was allotted land at the Ansuya Leprosy Hospital in Ajwa.

But both refused to move out of the SSG campus. “The students have to visit the wards many times in a day. Apart from upsetting the schedule,there will an added expense on travel,” said Chaudhary.

Representatives of the hospital will now meet the PIU on Wednesday to resolve the confusion.

“There might have been some miscommunication during the land allotment and it will be resolved on meeting the authorities,” said Ranjan Wala,Additional Collector and Executive Officer,SSG.

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