Adani Group proposes to set up medical colleges in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Adani Group has proposed Odisha Government for establishment of medical colleges in Bhadrak and Rayagada districts on PPP mode.

“We are encouraged to note the intention of State of Odisha for establishment of medical colleges on PPP mode to upgrade medical care facilities at district level for the benefit of public at large as well as to increase medical seats in the state,” Adani Foundation wrote to Shalini Pandit, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Odisha Health & Family Welfare Department.

Adani Foundation has initiated preliminary work and survey to establish medical colleges at Bhadrak and Rayagada.

However, the Foundation has expressed its interest to set up a medical college in Bhadrak district on PPP mode at the first instance.

“The entire development will be done by Adani Foundation under Adani Group CSR activity based upon mutually accepted MoU with Odisha Government,” Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone CEO (Ports) Subrat Tripathy wrote.

Explaining the company’s contribution to development of healthcare sector in Gujarat, Tripathy mentioned in the letter that Adani Foundation had undertaken responsibility in 2008 to upgrade a district hospital of Bhuj and established a medical college on PPP mode to fulfil the vision of the then Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi.

In the PPP project, the Gujarat Government had handed over the 300-bed district hospital of Bhuj along with 25 acre land on 99-year lease to establish the medical college with 150 MBBS seats. Currently, over 800-bed hospital offers 60+ seats of post-graduate courses and provides treatment of patients of Kutch district in Gujarat, he added seeking support from Odisha Government for the said proposal.

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