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March debut for hospital

In six month’s time, Ranchi will boast a 500-bed hospital that can rival Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in terms of service and facilities with work on upgrading the existing sadar hospital on in full swing.

A visit to the construction site spread over 10 acres near Albert Ekka Chowk on Monday afternoon revealed that all the floors of the 11-storeyed main hospital, 10-storeyed doctors’ hostel and seven-storeyed ward building were complete. Work was on to install wooden fixtures like doors and windows.

Engineers supervising the work at the spot said once the woodwork was completed, the process of giving final touches to the hospital would start. Installing the wiring, sanitary fittings, sewerage system, air-conditioners and power sub-stations would be completed by March 2012 when the buildings would be handed over for proper use.

“The work is being carried out under the supervision of National Building Construction Company Limited, and as many as 700 workers are working round-the-clock to finish the project, which started in 2008, on schedule. The estimated cost of the project is around Rs 131 crore,” an engineer who did not wish to be named said.

Another engineer present at the site said the hospital will be one of its kind in the state once complete, equipped as it would be with every modern facility.

“There will be basements in the main hospital and ward building with space for parking more than 400 vehicles while at the doctors’ hostel, parking space will be provided on the ground floor. The main hospital building will be centrally air-conditioned, while on the fourth and fifth floor of the ward building, there will be single and double bedrooms with split air-conditioners,” he said.

Also on the drawing board is a landscaped campus, a 600KV power sub-station and 1,250KV generator room. An underground tank with the capacity to hold 6 lakh litres of water will fulfil the requirements of the hospital. The sewerage treatment plant will service the 354 bathrooms. There will also be an auditorium on the ninth floor of the main hospital.

District civil surgeon A.K. Choudhary confirmed the developments and said the work would be completed by March next year, and once the new hospital was in place, it would ease the pressure on RIMS.

“The date scheduled for completion is March 31, 2012. Soon people will have another destination for specialised treatment in the heart of town,” he said. Incidentally, the health department has already started the process of appointing extra medical and paramedical personnel to man the upgraded hospital.

The decision to upgrade the existing 100-bed sadar hospital was taken in 2007.

Do you think the new hospital would translate to better medical facilities in Ranchi? Tell ttkhand@abpmail.com

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