Proposal for Medical Hub gets momentum

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Oct 2017 09:13:23


By Vikas Vaidya,

THE ambitious proposal of setting up of Orange City Medical Hub on Orange City Street (popularly known as London street) has gained momentum with the intervention of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Considering the increasing number of hospitals, clinics in Ramdaspeth and Dhantoli areas, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had mooted the idea to shift the hospitals to Orange City Street. He had also asked the existing hospitals to go for expansion and new ones to build their infrastructure on the place.

The Orange City street comes under Fadnavis’ constituency (South-West) and he desperately wants to get the project completed. The Orange City street is coming up on a 32 hectare area starting from near Hotel Radisson Blu. The 5.5 km stretch, that ends at Jaitala, has an average width of 70 meters. The land originally had a railway track. Later it was acquired by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation from Railways. The plot runs parallel to the Ring Road and is in close proximity of the airport.

As per 2014 estimate, total cost of the project was Rs 1,800 crore which has now escalated. Instead of Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis, NMC itself will now develop the project. Noted architect Hafeez Contractor has already designed the perspective view of the project.

Initially the authorities had planned five-star hotel, auditorium, cultural facilities like art gallery, exhibition areas, primary health centre, library, fruit and vegetable market, NMC Zonal Offices, Mayor’s bungalow, ward offices, public buildings, public plazas, public garden, open air retail spaces, road widening, streetscape bus stop, street lighting on BOT basis free of cost.

The plan has now been modified with priority to hospitals on a section of the land. Orange City Medical Hub will be set up on one of the 10 sectors planned. Depending upon the response one more sector would be dedicated to the hospitals. Many hospitals are ready for new ventures and expansion while keeping their existing establishments in Dhantoli and Ramdaspeth. Some are fed up by the changing rules of NMC and want to shift to London street. Since it is NMC’s own project the hospitals are expecting swift implementation without much red-tapism.

Doctors in Nagpur and surrounding areas are very positive about the project. Most of them are waiting for clarity on the details but feel that it would be a good move.

Most of the hospitals in Dhantoli, Ramdaspeth area have been in violation of NMC rules. Some are also facing opposition from residents. Lack of parking place is another headache and moreover there is no scope for expansion as many things do not fit as per the requirements of National Accreditation Board of Hospitals (NABH).

The High Court had already asked the government to bring in measures to decongest Dhantoli and Ramdaspeth. The Orange City Medical Hub at Orange City Street may be the answer the government is looking for.