Capt Amarinder Singh had wanted it to come up in a backward area with less medical facility
The Hush Post: After an international airport gifted to it by the Akali government, Mohali will soon boast of a government medical college, a gift by the Amarinder government. The Government of India has accepted the Punjab government’s proposal for setting up a Rs 374.86 crore Government Medical College at SAS Nagar (Mohali). Health and medical education minister Brahm Mohindra said that the government would ensure timely completion of the project.
Earlier in February, Capt Amarinder Singh had asked the state health minister to explore with the Centre the possibility of shifting the proposed medical college in Mohali to a border area, possibly Sangrur. He had suggested that heath projects be planned in areas that lack medical facilities. Mohali was selected because of the Centre’s pre-condition that the city should have a 200-bed hospital which the Centre could help upgrade.
The Government of India would release Rs 113.40 crore in three installments for equipment and infrastructural development of the college. The Punjab government has already made provisions for the project in its budget for 2018-19.
The college, with 100 MBBS seats, would be developed over 20.85 acres of land, of which 9.81 acres is earmarked for civil hospital and 4.20 acres for the State Institute of Health & Family Welfare at Mohali.
A stretch of 6.84 acres in Jujhar Nagar village has been acquired just 1.5 km from the District Hospital, Mohali.
The central government had launched the scheme for establishment of new medical colleges and upgradation of hospitals back in 2014.