Bhubaneswar, Oct 23 (Odisha.in) Vexed over the undue delay in the implementation of the proposed medical college and hospital at Bolangir, the Western Orissa Development Council has decided to cancel the Memorandum of Understanding it had signed with the Chennai based Balajee Education Trust.
The WODC authorities have asked the Chennai based Sardar Raja Education Trust, to complete the construction of the Medical College and Hospital at Jaring near Bhawanipatna in Kalahandid district by end of December next to enable commencement of admission process to MBBS courses during 2008-09 session.
“Since the signing of MoU in October 6,2006 , for the proposed private sector Bolangir Medical College and Hospital, the Balajee Trust did not show any interest to carry on the project, we donot have any option but to shelve the agreement”, Council’s Chairman, Dr.Niranjan Panda told Odisha.in.
Panda said that WODC has served a show cause notice to the Trust which it will have to reply within fifteen days failing which the MoU would be cancelled. This will create ways for other private companies for the job.
Considering the backwardness of western Orissa districts having lack of adequate health care and medical education facilities, the state government in collaboration with the Western Orissa Development Council has decided to set up three Medical institutes with 300 bed and 100 MBBS seat each at Bolangir, Bhawanipatna and Rourkela with private participations.
Accordingly, the state government will provide 25 acres of land free of premium and Rs.10 crore to be provided to each of the selected parties as incentive.
The Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Monday had reviewed the progress of the proposed three medical College and hospsitals at Bolangir, Bhawanipatna and Rourkela at the secretariat.
Later, Dr.Panda,who attended the meeting said that while, the Bhawanipatna project is being taken up by Chennai based Sardar Raja Education Trust and is progressing satisfactorily, the trust has been asked to expedite the construction for completion before the New year and to start admission to MBBS courses during the education year 2008-09.
So far the Trust has already invested Rs.15 crore besides the WODC funds to the tune of 4 crores of the promised Rs.10 crore.
However, the MoU for the Rourkela Medical College and Hospital will be signed with the suitable party as recommended by the High Level Committee led by Development Commissioner DR.Panda said adding six interested parties have been short listed for the project.