AFTER starting the dialysis centre at its Kamla Nehru Hospital, the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) plan to start super-speciality eye care hospital is likely to be delayed with the civic administration terminating the process at the last stage.
The civic body, which is seeking a public-private partnership to improve heath care facility in the city, had sought proposals from social organisations under “expression of interest” to start eye hospital for 30 years at a civic plot on Bhau Patil Road in Bopodi.
The administration received three proposals and after scrutinising them, a proposal was shortlisted to get standing committee’s approval only to be held back at the last minute. “We have decided to restart the process for the purpose. Earlier, the administration had sought expression of interest but now we will float tenders for the project,” said a civic officer, adding, the dialsysis centre at Kamla Nehru Hospital was set up after following the expression of interest process.
As per the proposal prepared by the administration as per the expression of interest process, the PMC was to bear a cost of Rs 63.6 crore if the civic body itself operated the eye care centre. The 44 equipment for the centre were estimated to cost Rs 35 crore and Rs 4 crore for manpower. While the expenditure on maintenance of the equipment was estimated at Rs 13 crore, consumables and disposables for patients were estimated to cost Rs 11 crore.