The Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) will soon start construction of the medical college and hospital at Talcher of Odisha as all the necessary formalities have been completed to set-up state-of-the-art health institution.
MCL, the subsidiary of Coal India Limited and second largest coal producer and major contributor towards social upliftment in Odisha, had envisaged an ambitious CSR project of setting-up a 100-seated medical college with 500-bed hospital in Talcher at the cost of Rs 492 crore.
The company has completed necessary formalities for construction of this medical college. The National Building Construction Corporation, a Central PSU under Union ministry of urban development would take up the construction work.
In March 2014, the state government had inked a memorandum of understanding with the MCL to set up the medical college and hospital. The medical college is expected to be completed by 2016.
While Odisha has three state-run medical colleges and hospital at Cuttack, Berhampur and Sambalpur, the Centre approved to upgrade five more medical colleges at Balsore, Baripada, Balangir, Koraput and Puri.
To meet fill up the huge doctors’ vacancy in the state, the state government has decided to set up more medical colleges.