Work On Cancer Hospital Project On Bhubaneswar NISER Campus To Begin Next Month

Bhubaneswar: Construction of the Rs 650 crore Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (HBCHRC) on NISER, Bhubaneswar campus, at Jatni will start next month with the ground breaking ceremony on October 3.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Health Minister Niranjan Pujari, department of atomic energy (DAE) secretary Ajit Kumar Mohanty, director of Tata Memorial Centre (TMC), Mumbai, director of Tata Steel and other dignitaries will attend the ceremony, professor, School of Physical Sciences, NISER- Bhubaneswar, Bedangadas Mohanty, who is coordinator for the project, told TOI.

The project is a joint venture of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), which is the administrative department of NISER, and Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) along with Tata Steel Foundation. While the Centre will spend Rs 400 crore for the centre, the Tata Steel Foundation has committed Rs 250 crore for the project, which will come up 65.8 acres of land and have a 200-bed cancer hospital.

The state government has also promised to provide Rs 100 crore for a medical cyclotron and around 40 acre of land free for the hospital, which will not only provide affordable cancer care to patients but also help the institute conduct clinical and scientific research on the disease.

The project is expected to be ready by December 2025.

Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone in May on the occasion of the National Technology Day through video conferencing.

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