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PGI seeks Medicity land to set up an ‘extension campus’

PGIMER has asked for land from the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority for the setting up of an extension in village Mullanpur.

Written by Chitleen K Sethi | Chandigarh | Published: March 22, 2012 3:14 am

PGIMER has asked for land from the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) for the setting up of an extension in village Mullanpur near here. The Institute has approached GMADA for almost 100 acres of land in the proposed medical hub ‘Medicity’ being developed by the Authority in Mullanpur.

GMADA sources stated that following a set of meetings between the PGI director and GMADA officers,the Authority has “offered” 30 acres of land from the Medicity project for the setting up of certain satellite departments and research institutes of PGI. The proposed Medicity is going to come up on almost 97 acres of land in Mullanpur.

Land for the project has already been acquired by the Authority. Medicity has been conceived as a conglomerate of several private health care providers.

Although a final decision is yet to be taken regarding the mode of allotment of plots in the Medicity,a certain percentage of the land is expected to be offered at subsidised rates to internationally acclaimed hospitals and medical research centres. PGI’s presence in Medicity is likely to attract several large private hospitals to the project.

Sources added that since PGI is a government body,it might be given the land free or charged only the amount GMADA paid to the farmers for the acquisition. A final decision in this regard is yet to be taken by GMADA.

The proposed Medicity campus is less than 5 km from PGI’s current campus. The SAS Nagar District Land Fixation Committee had recommended compensation of Rs 1.85 crore per acre to farmers for acquiring their land for Medicity.

However the landowners have been paid Rs 1.5 crore per acre and the land has been handed over to GMADA.

GMADA sources stated that PGI’s extension campus would have at least four super-specialty and research institutes,including a cancer research institute. These satellite centres of the hospital would take off the extra burden on several centralised facilities at PGI.

The Institute has also put forth to GMADA that it wants enough area to house a residential complex for PGI staff too. Sources added that PGI Director Dr Y K Chawla met GMADA officers in this regard. However,GMADA said it could only offer 30 acres in Medicity to PGI. A final decision on GMADA’s proposal is yet to be taken by PGI.

Chawla could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. It is,however,learnt that PGI might be taking the matter to the Institute body for a final decision.

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