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Defence Minister lays foundation for new Command Hospital

Assuring that his government remains committed to the welfare of serving Armed Forces personnel and ex-servicemen,and their families

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: June 19, 2013 1:42:20 am

Assuring that his government remains committed to the welfare of serving Armed Forces personnel and ex-servicemen,and their families,Defence Minister A K Antony on Tuesday hoped that the new building of the Command Hospital would come up within the scheduled timeframe despite the initial delays.

Stating that the existing Command Hospital in Pune was a major achievement,Antony said the work on construction of the new hospital should be taken on war footing so that ex-servicemen and serving soldiers were benefitted at the earliest.

Antony was addressing the gathering after laying the foundation stone for the new Command Hospital,which will come up by 2015 opposite Cardio-Thoracic-Centre. Chief of Army Staff General Bikram Singh and Southern Army Commander Lt Gen Ashok Singh were also present on the occasion.

In his address,Gen Bikram Singh expressed hope that the new Command Hospital would become a centre of excellence not only in India but across the world.

“Presently,the Command Hospital,Southern Command,Pune,is a 1,082-bed,tertiary care hospital horizontally spread over an area of 108 acres in Wanawadi area of Pune Garrison. With the fast growing advances in modern healthcare technology and ever increasing expectations of clientele,a need has been felt to construct a state-of-the-art modern vertical hospital to provide highest standards of quality medical care to its clientele,” said a press release issued by the Press Information Bureau,Defence Wing.

The 1,047-bed new hospital will be a ground-plus-six-storey building. On completion,this hospital will be called Command Hospital (Research & Referral),Southern Command,Pune. Apart from providing comprehensive healthcare to its dependent service clientele,this hospital would also remain associated with the Armed Forces Medical College.

“This hospital,being built at a cost of Rs 382 crore,will be housed in a self-sufficient and environment-friendly ‘green building’,with facilities like rainwater harvesting,modern firefighting equipment,modern laundry services,dietary services with modern kitchen equipment and an ultra modern effluent treatment plant. On completion,this will the largest hospital of the Indian Armed Forces and will be at par with the best hospitals in the country,” said the release.

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