Utkal Reporter Bureau
Talcher| 3 August 2015
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik on Thursday has laid the foundation stone of medical college in Talcher in the company of Union Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal and Union Petroleum and Natural gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
The Medical college, Mahanadi Institute of Medical Science and Research Center a Rs 492 -crore project is the part MCL’s corporate social responsibility CSR activity.
A medical college has been a long standing demand of the people of this medical service challenged region of central Odisha that has witnessed quite a many agitations time to time to push the demand.
The Odisha government has signed an MOU with MCL in 2014 to set up the medical college in Talcher and is providing 20 acres of land free of cost for the project, said the CM in the ceremony.
The institution is scheduled to commence academic activities from the coming session will have 100 seats. In addition a 500-bed super specialty hospital is also there in the project. As per a press release issued by MCL, the project envisages a hostel for 300 boys, a separate hostel for 200 girl students, two blocks of hostel for 100 interns, a hostel for 57 junior resident doctors and a 50-bedded nurses’ hostel; apart from accommodation for faculty members and professors.
The people of Angul and Dhenkanal who contribute immensely to the state and central exchequer deserve a better share in the development, said Union Dharmendra Pradhan who hails from this area.
The state government is working hard towards the progress of health service in the state, added Mr Pattnaik. Five more medical colleges are coming up in Odisha those will cater to the demand of medical professionals in the state envisages Mr Pattnaik. Currently institutions in Odisha are providing just550 doctors leaving a huge shortfall in the required doctors in the state.
Among others present in the stage were Odisha health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Sambalpur MP Nagendra Pradhan and MLAs of Talcher, Angul, Pallalahar,Chhendipada and Parjang.