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July debut hope for hospital wing

Lady Luck may finally smile on the much-delayed super-speciality centre at Ranchi Sadar Hospital this July.

State-appointed investment firm International Finance Corporation (IFC), which has been roped in by the government to bring stakeholders willing to run the Rs 131-crore facility with 500 beds, has successfully drawn three potential players from the health sector.

The agencies have submitted both their financial and technical bids, which are being currently examined by the health department. A final call on which company among the three will finally bag the contract to run the super-speciality wing will be taken after May 16.

This is the third time that a tender was floated for running the hospital wing. The earlier two attempts failed to bring any bidder.

“The wait is almost over for the super-speciality centre, which is expected to start functioning from July if all goes well. Three health majors had expressed interest in running the centre last year. All three are reputable agencies. Evaluation of their technical bids is over. Now we are waiting to open the financial bids,” Ram Kumar Sinha, deputy secretary of the state health department, told The Telegraph on Monday.

Health officials said that the financial evaluation would be conducted once the model code of conduct was withdrawn with the declaration of Lok Sabha poll results on May 16 and the state got a full-time chief secretary.

This is because the final recommendation has to go immediately to a steering committee under the chief secretary for approval after the financial bids are opened.

The committee’s role is crucial as it has to approve the agency selected and only then the file will be forwarded to the health minister for the final nod.

“The incumbent (Sajal Chakraborty) is an acting chief secretary. After May 16, the state government will decide whether he will continue in the post as a full-time chief secretary or someone else will take over. Once this issue is cleared, the super-speciality centre’s procedures will begin,” said a senior bureaucrat in the health department.

Sources pointed out that the project has been long caught in red tape and the health department was being especially cautious this time.

“We will be playing safe and wait till the state gets a permanent chief secretary,” the official added.

The super-speciality centre, construction of which started in 2008, was ready by 2011.

But tenders floated in 2012 and 2013 to find a competent agency to run the centre found no takers.

The state hired IFC in November 2012. Its main job is to assist the government in all pre-investment activities, including review, transaction structuring, marketing and promotion, contract preparation and development of bid/tender documents, besides monitoring the bidding process till award of contract.

Spread across nearly 10 acres within Ranchi Sadar Hospital premises, the wing has three units — a 11-storeyed main building, a 10-storeyed doctors’ hostel and a seven-storeyed ward building.

A 600KV power substation, a 1,250KV generator room and an underground tank with a capacity to store six lakh litres of water have been set up too.

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14RanSadar: The super-speciality wing of Ranchi Sadar Hospital. Picture by Hardeep Singh