BJP’s dream medical college project is being expedited

ST CORRESPONDENT
Saturday, 27 April 2019

Health Department officials said, “The PMC has appointed a consultant for the feasibility report, which will be submitted on April 30. Earlier, we visited the proposed medical college site near the Naidu Hospital near the Pune railway station."

PUNE: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) dream project to start a medical college named after Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been expedited.

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is expecting the feasibility report of the project next week. Later, the civic body will decide about starting the necessary work for the project. 

In 2011-12, the then Standing Committee chairman Arvind Shinde (Congress) had proposed to develop a medical college by the PMC. He had also made a provision of Rs 9 crore. However, it did not work out. Later, the BJP came to power in the civic body. In its first Standing Committee Budget of 2017-18, the then chairman Murlidhar Mohol, revived the medical college project naming it after its departed leader and allotted Rs 25 crore. 

The civic administration also formed a committee of six members to expedite the proposal. The committee was headed by Additional Municipal Commissioner Sheetal Ugale. Along with additional municipal commissioner, health officer, assistant medical officer, city engineer, Property Department head and Law Department head, are all part of the team.

As it usually happens with the funds, the civic body diverted funds meant for the college to other developmental work. However, the BJP corporators criticised Municipal Commissioner Saurabh Rao, along with the civic administration, over the delay in implementing the medical college plan. Hence, the civic administration decided to speed up the work.

Health Department officials said, “The PMC has appointed a consultant for the feasibility report, which will be submitted on April 30. Earlier, we visited the proposed medical college site near the Naidu Hospital near the Pune railway station. The college requires 12-acre land. We have 12.5 acres of area. There are two new buildings, one on the Naidu Hospital premises and another is a record room. 

Besides, there are some State government offices and residential quarters. We have decided to use new buildings and conduct a structural audit of the old structure and check whether to use it for the medical college or not. If everything happens according to the plan, we can start the medical college within five years.”

PROJECT DATELINE
- In 2011-12, the then Standing Committee chairman Arvind Shinde had proposed to develop a medical college by the PMC.
- In BJP’s first Standing Committee Budget of 2017-18, the then chairman Murlidhar Mohol revived the medical college project naming it after Mr Vajpayee and allotted Rs 25 crore. 
- The municipal administration also formed a committee of six members to expedite the proposal. The Committee was headed by Additional Municipal Commissioner Sheetal Ugale. 

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