The Municipal Corporation of Haridwar (MCH) had approved 25 acres land for construction of the medical college recently approved by the Central Government. However, as this land was not adequate to build a hospital dedicated to treatment of COVID-19 patients, the MCH has approved a proposal to facilitate 70 acre land to incorporate this facility.
It is pertinent to mention here that recently, the Government of India had approved construction of medical colleges in Haridwar and Pithoragarh district at a cost of Rs 325 crore each.
However, a 500-bed hospital is also to be set up in the district specifically for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. After the district administration communicated the need for more land, an emergency meeting of the MCH board was called and a proposal for approving 70 acre land was unanimously passed.
Talking to reporters after the board meeting, Haridwar mayor Anita Sharma said that it is very good that a medical college is being built in Haridwar. She said that students from Haridwar should receive fee concession in the medical college.
Ranipur MLA Adesh Chauhan said that the long time demand for a medical college in Haridwar is now close to being fulfilled. At the same time, the municipal commissioner Narendra Bhandari said that a proposal for about 70 acres land has been passed unanimously to setting up a 500-bed hospital for COVID-19 patients along with the medical college.