Andhra to develop Rs10b healthcare city at Amaravati

Hyderabad - As per the MoU, the state government will provide 100 acres of land to build the health care city. The foundation stone laying ceremony for the project will be held in July.



By P S Jayaram

Published: Sat 13 Feb 2016, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Sun 14 Feb 2016, 8:49 AM

In a major initiative in healthcare sector, Andhra Pradesh government will develop a state-of-the-art, multi-billion healthcare city at Amaravati, the proposed new capital in the Vijayawada-Guntur region.
The state government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indo-UK Institute of Health (IUIH) to set up the Rs10 billion facility comprising a mega hospital, medical college, research and training institutions.
As per the MoU, the state government will provide 100 acres of land to build the health care city. The foundation stone laying ceremony for the project will be held in July.
"Andhra Pradesh will emerge as a healthcare destination of the world. The IUIH delegation has agreed to our suggestion to make Amaravati the headquarters for their proposed 11 medical projects in the country," the Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said.
"We are keen to make Amaravati a mega health care city, that provides affordable medical services to all," he said adding that his government was giving a fillip to the healthcare sector similar to the initiatives being taken for the information technology sector.
"Apart from creating world-class infrastructure, we want to make Amaravati an education and medical hub in the country," the chief minister said.
Amaravati, he said, was already making rapid strides in health and education sectors. "Apart from the renowned institutes like Amity, NRM, Oxford and Cambridge evincing interest in Amaravati, the city will also have AIIMS. That apart, Shetty Group from Dubai has also come forward to construct a mega hospital," Naidu said.
Meanwhile, IUIH Chairman Mike Parker said, "We are setting up 11 mega medical units with an expenditure of Rs100 billion in 11 cities across India". He said that the construction of the mega hospital at Amaravati would be completed in 36 months. -
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